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[goh-bi-tween] /ˈgoʊ bɪˌtwin/
a person who acts as an agent or intermediary between persons or groups; emissary.
Origin of go-between
First recorded in 1590-1600; noun use of verb phrase go between
middleman, negotiator, deputy, envoy, liaison; mediator, arbitrator. Unabridged
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  • He begged the neighbor to act as a go-between in the matter.

  • I know him, Lieutenant,—pardon—Monsieur Henri—a—letter-box—a go-between.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • I'm through with that undertaker postmaster or any other go-between.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A hundred sequins for her and ten sequins for the go-between was the price fixed on.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "I don't think the 'Gink' would take a chance with a go-between," said Brennan.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • But then you seem to think that I should intermeddle and negotiate and become a go-between.

  • He was pitifully vain of his reputation as a Machiavelli and a go-between.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • Do you know who the go-between was, and how much he got, and how much he kept for himself?

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for go-between


a person who acts as agent or intermediary for two people or groups in a transaction or dealing
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Word Origin and History for go-between

1590s, from go (v.) + between. Verbal phrase meaning "act as a mediator" is recorded from 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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