• WordNet 3.6
    • n middleman a person who is in a position to give you special assistance "he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor"
    • n middleman the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
    • n middleman someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Middleman A person of intermediate rank; a commoner.
    • Middleman An agent between two parties; a broker; a go-between; any dealer between the producer and the consumer; in Ireland, one who takes land of the proprietors in large tracts, and then rents it out in small portions to the peasantry.
    • Middleman (Mil) The man who occupies a central position in a file of soldiers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n middleman One who acts as an intermediary between others in any matter; an intermediate lessee, contractor, negotiator, trader, broker, etc.; specifically, one who buys merchandise in bulk to sell it in smaller quantities to other traders or to retail dealers; in Ireland, a lessee of a tract of land who sublets it in parcels at an advanced rate to actual tenants or occupiers; more generally, any one who acts as a buyer and seller, or undertaker for profit, between producers or principals and consumers, users, or executants.
    • n middleman A man of intermediate rank; a commoner.
    • n middleman In the fisheries, a planter.
    • n middleman In negro minstrelsy, the man who sits in the middle of the semicircle of performers during the opening part of the entertainment, and leads the dialogue between songs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Middleman one who stands in the middle between two persons: an agent who does business between two parties: in Ireland, one who rents land in large tracts, and lets it in small portions to the peasantry
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. middelmid; Dut. middel, Ger. mittel.


In literature:

According to old Oriental custom, marriages were arranged by parents with the aid of a middleman.
"Have We No Rights?" by Mabel Williamson
Normally and naturally the Turk should be a middleman, a distributor rather than a producer.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
Still he is the middleman between nations, and a necessity.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Frequently there is a shipment from one region to another, which is conducted by a middleman.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
Does the corporation-middleman supply gas gratis?
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
This will be possible for him only if he can live by trade in the role of a middleman.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The middleman has several and can thus adjust himself quickly.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
The middleman's charges are less if he is assured a considerable volume of business.
"The Farmer and His Community" by Dwight Sanderson
Here, then, is the sphere and the opportunity for the enterprising middleman.
"The Galaxy" by Various
It was a simple system, requiring no capital, no undertaker or manager, no middleman.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar

In news:

As a middleman in the milk business, Stephen Schwartz saw it first.
"With fair trade, you essentially cut out the middleman," said Elliott.
Family physician in Green Lake County cuts out the middleman .
India plays the middleman .
Chrome Eliminates Google's Middleman Problems.
' Middleman ' offers fun family entertainment.
Matt Keeslar as Middleman and Natalie Morales as Wendy star in "The Middleman " on ABC Family.
Karl Middleman , music director of the New Philadelphia Classical Symphony discusses their upcoming concert focusing on the allure and music of China.
The Advantages of Middleman Services for Self-Published e-Books.
Plate umpire Clint Fagan plays middleman Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
SoMa company seeks to cut out tech middleman.
Online Distributor Looks to Cut Out the Middleman in Getting Royalties to Writers.
Middleman in Financing of 'Rebecca' Is Arrested on Federal Fraud Charges.
Betfair, a peer-to-peer online betting service system, has removed the middleman from the equation and taken the United Kingdom by storm.
There's no middleman, and See passes the savings on to hipsters who want to assemble a wardrobe of eyewear.

In science:

In Figure 4.2b similar calculations will convince the reader that, based on the Middleman’s messages, common knowledge arises already at t + 9.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
For example, at t + 7 KE KN KE Secret does not hold: the Spanish editor is thinking that as far as the editors in New-York are concerned, a message from Wikileaks to El Pa´ıs could arrive as late as t + 10, and that the message from the Middleman may not have arrived in New-York as yet.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems