Definition of middleman noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪdlmæn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪdlmæn//
    (pl. middlemen
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪdlmen//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪdlmen//
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  1. 1a person or a company that buys goods from the company that makes them and sells them to somebody else Buy direct from the manufacturer and cut out the middleman.
  2. 2a person who helps to arrange things between people who do not want to talk directly to each other synonym intermediary, go-between He acted as a middleman in discussions between the two companies.
  3. Extra examples He acts as middleman for companies seeking contracts abroad. Some factories have cut out the middleman and sell their products directly to customers. The company sells through a middleman because it does not have its own sales force. advisers who operate as middlemen between savers and borrowers.
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