- a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer.
- a person who acts as an intermediary.
Origin of middleman
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Examples from the Web for middlemen
This gambit means Aereo is avoiding paying anything to broadcasters or the middlemen it is replacing.What the Aereo Decision Means for You
June 25, 2014
Literary agents are the middlemen between writers and publishing houses.The Victims of the Penguin & Random House Merger: Literary Agents
November 28, 2012
The company has amassed more than 70 worldwide resellers, middlemen like GoDaddy, who have pumped up sales volume.How “.XXX,” Porn’s Domain Name, Made Hundreds of Millions
November 13, 2012
There are no middlemen, no merchants to merchandise, no retailers to reinterpret.Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris
July 4, 2012
Jews found a profitable niche as middlemen between farmers in the hinterlands and large export firms in the port.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
March 5, 2011
"Down with the middlemen," he cried, and was applauded vigorously.A Spoil of Office
Basil and François were, of course, the “middlemen,” and plied the paddles.The Young Voyageurs
Millions are wasted in advertising and in the profits of middlemen.Society
Henry Kalloch Rowe
There are no capitalists and no middlemen, and production is only "for use," not "for profit."
If you plunder all capitalists and all middlemen, the workers will certainly not be better off.
- an independent trader engaged in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer
- an intermediary
- theatre the interlocutor in minstrel shows
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Word Origin and History for middlemen
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