mid·​dle·​man | \ ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌman How to pronounce middleman (audio) \

Definition of middleman

: an intermediary or agent between two parties especially : a dealer, agent, or company intermediate between the producer of goods and the retailer or consumer

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Examples of middleman in a Sentence

The Internet helps consumers save money by buying products directly from companies and eliminating the middleman. We've cut out the middleman and can reduce prices for our customers. He acted as the middleman in the talks between labor and management.
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The bill would forbid individuals to sell firearms to each other if the sales took place at a gun show or were advertised publicly; instead, the sellers would have to use gun stores as middlemen. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Trump Must Not Break His Promises to Gun-Rights Supporters," 16 Aug. 2019 This genius strainer cuts out the middleman by simply snapping to the side of a pot and draining water without losing any precious noodles. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Sunday," 21 July 2019 Foodhaul decided to invest in its own delivery drivers to cut out the middleman and treat them as representatives of the brand, an effort to mirror the hospitality that is important to the restaurant experience. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Foodhaul, a virtual food hall, aims to take control of its own delivery, keep the 30% that third-party apps charge," 17 June 2019 In choosing this path, which cuts out middlemen by offering only existing shares directly onto a stock exchange, Slack will save a small fortune in investment-banking fees that... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Slack Can Make the Stretch," 29 Apr. 2019 To Tortora’s way of thinking, using the technology of the startup WhatsGood means the middleman is cut out. Alison Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "Farm fresh veggies, eggs, and meats, delivered right to your door? There’s an app for that," 30 July 2019 In some cases, buyers and middlemen have been forced to sell the gems at a loss. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Putting Ethics on Par With Shareholder Value: CEO Daily," 30 July 2019 The lawmakers said the bill would increase transparency in the pharmaceutical supply chain, which depends on a complex web of middlemen and distributors. Los Angeles Times, "Senators unveil plan to save $100 billion on U.S. drug costs," 23 July 2019 Corruption is rife at every stage of the truffle’s journey, from the woods and orchards of (supposedly) France and Italy through to the middlemen and -women who supply the restaurants and VIPs. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, "‘The Truffle Underground’ Review: Malice and Mushrooms," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of middleman

1677, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of middleman

: a person or company that buys goods from a producer and sells them to someone else
: a person who helps two people or groups to deal with and communicate with each other when they are not able or willing to do it themselves

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