go-between

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n go-between a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Go-between A negotiator who acts as a link between parties; an intermediate agent; a broker; a procurer; -- sometimes in a disparaging sense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n go-between One who passes from one to another of different persons or parties as an agent or assistant in negotiation or intrigue; one who serves another or others as an intermediary.
    • n go-between A servant who assists in the duties of two positions. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Go-between (Shak.) one who is agent between two parties
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Quotations

  • John Updike
    John%20Updike
    “School is where you go between when your parents can't take you, and industry can't take you.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    Elizabeth%20Bowen
    “Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.”
  • Paul Boese
    Paul Boese
    “We come into this world head first and go out feet first; in between, it is all a matter of balance.”
  • Japanese Proverb
    Japanese Proverb
    “The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gán, contr. for gangan, to go; cf. Ger. gehen, Dut. gaan.

Usage

In literature:

Condemned by Spanish Providence to spend a day in Madrid between their trains, it was but natural to go again to the Prado.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
It began to occur to the men that they once made me go-between, and that it was my business to speak up for them now.
"Hira Singh" by Talbot Mundy
Between him and the lady there was something of a contest secretly going on.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
Evan walked to the door, opened it, and said, between his teeth, 'You must go at once.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
There were two separate engagements going on between angry twisting couples.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
They held the heart of the cause between them, were bound fast together, and had to go on.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
They may also go by rail to Padua, when they would have Cialdini between them and the quadrilateral.
"The Short Works of George Meredith" by George Meredith
Nothing else going on between times; even the music is hired.
"Peter" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Whatever passed between them now would go to the root of the matter.
"Madame de Treymes" by Edith Wharton
But Simpson was not going to let her alone in the dark corner between the door and the window.
"Sylvia's Lovers, Vol. I" by Elizabeth Gaskell
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In poetry:

In hewing an axe-shaft, how must you act?
Another axe take, or you'll never succeed.
In taking a wife, be sure 'tis a fact,
That with no go-between you never can speed.
"There Is A Proper Way For Doing Everything" by Confucius
The seasons pierce me; like a leaf
I feel the autumn blow,
And tremble between nature's grief
And the silent death below.
O Summer, thou art very brief!
Where do these exiles go?
"An Autumn Song" by George MacDonald
May every vagrant wind a-stir
Between us be a messenger,
Each falling wild-rose petal blow
A haunting perfume where you go,
And all the brown birds in the blue
Sing memories of me to you.
"Beannacht Leat" by Anna Johnston MacManus
The evening approaches--the pressure--the woe
Grows drearer and heavier,--yet she must go,
And stifle between the dead walls, as she may,
The heart that scarce breathed in the free, open day.
"Beechenbrook - IX" by Margaret Junkin Preston
She whispered as she bade me go:
"I think he found us out."
And in her face the hate and woe
Was his revenge, no doubt.
Life cannot link us . . . though glad-green
His grave - he stands between.
"Murderers" by Robert W Service
Some diff'rence a loving wife soon can discover,
Between a man when he's wed and when a lover:
While a lover he smiles, and will let a yes go;
When a husband he frowns, with the little word--No.
"Maxims" by William Hutton

In news:

Derek Hough isn't going to let a little neck injury stand between him and what he's most passionate about.
Chelsea's Fernando Torres smiles after going down following a challenge during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, Nov 25, 2012.
Skirt hemlines go long, short and everywhere in between.
There has been some feather-ruffling going on this week between those who believe social media can be a valuable tool for continuing medical education, and those who don't.
Bismarck Public Schools are going to need between 30 and 34 additional classrooms in order to have room for all its students next fall.
Intense ' talks between owners, unions at SAS go down to wire before key board meeting.
' Intense ' talks between owners, unions at SAS go down to wire before key board meeting.
Not only is the user interface inconsistent, it also requires users to remember where to go for which features, and to waste time switching between interfaces .
Sprinklers on the field go off during a game between the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
How were things going between him and Rafa.
Their pumpkins, which go for between $150 - $400, rarely end up on stoops.
OSWEGO — With about three minutes left to go in the first half of Monday night's girls basketball game between Batavia and Minooka at the Oswego Holiday Classic, the Bulldogs held a slim 22-20 lead.
Two retirement parties were going on simultaneously for two dedicated servants to our community, and not wanting to choose between them, I went to both.
To register, go to Meeting Rooms A and B at the James Brown Arena between 9 and 11 a.m.
In between the practices and games, the Knicks and Heat haven't been going anywhere.
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In science:

N of the matrices goes to infinity, the distances between the λ’s go to zero, and the products N (λi − λj ) remain finite.
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
Reconstruction In 2.1 we observed that a Heegard decomposition can be pictured as a pair of link diagrams together with a sequence of Kirby moves going between them.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
In this section we are going to present a bijection f between the partitions in Pr (n) and the partitions of n into parts (cid:0)i+r r (cid:1), i ≥ 0.
Random partitions with non negative rth differences
There is a large n+ region between the last guard ring and the scribe line. Going outwards from bias ring toward the n+ region, the gaps among adjacent rings increase from 15 µm to 30 µm.
Characterization of Prototype BTeV Silicon Pixel Sensors Before and After Irradiation
Let us also recall that there is a close connexion between reduced expressions for elements bw ∈ cW and minimal galleries going from A to bwA.
Abelian ideals in a Borel subalgebra of a complex simple Lie algebra
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