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go-between

[goh-bi-tween]
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noun
  1. a person who acts as an agent or intermediary between persons or groups; emissary.
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Origin of go-between

First recorded in 1590–1600; noun use of verb phrase go between

Synonyms

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middleman, negotiator, deputy, envoy, liaison; mediator, arbitrator.
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Examples from the Web for go-between

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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


British Dictionary definitions for go-between

go-between

noun
  1. 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

n.

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

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