middleman

Definitions

  • 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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Quotations

  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.”

Etymology

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

Usage

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
The principal advantage of the co-operative system, doing away with the middleman, applies to these establishments.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
The result was a lawsuit of portentous proportions, in which an accusation was brought against both the father of the girl and against the middleman.
"Village Life in China" by Arthur H. Smith
The baker is a middleman between the farmer and the public, between the producing and the consuming classes.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 362, December 1845" by Various
The middleman system is favourable or unfavourable to morals, just in proportion as it is so to prosperity.
"How to Observe" by Harriet Martineau
Alex Novosty was the classic middleman, that much was a given.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
Why bother hiring a middleman?
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
He played the part of the middleman, and that was all.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
The storekeeper is the middleman, really serving both producer and consumer.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
After a while, the middleman will find other work to do.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
Middleman says George will be quite right to charge establishment charges.
"The Celebrity at Home" by Violet Hunt
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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.
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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
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