Middleman

A slang term for an intermediary in a transaction or process chain. A middleman will facilitate interaction between parties, typically for a commission or fee. Some critics say that businesses and customers should try to "cut out the middleman" by dealing directly with each other, avoiding any increased costs or commissions.

In the supply chain, a middleman may represent a distributor who purchases goods from the manufacturer and sells them to a retailer, often at an increased price. Sales people are often considered middlemen, such as real estate agents who match homebuyers with sellers.


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  • middleman — mid‧dle‧man [ˈmɪdlmæn] noun middlemen PLURALFORM [ men] [countable] COMMERCE a person, business, organization etc that buys things in order to sell them to someone else, or that helps to arrange business deals for other people, for example a… …   Financial and business terms

  • Middleman — Mid dle*man, n.; pl. {Middlemen}. [1913 Webster] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • middleman — index agent, broker, conduit (intermediary), dealer, factor (commission merchant), go between, inter …   Law dictionary

  • middleman — (n.) in the trading sense, 1795, from MIDDLE (Cf. middle) + MAN (Cf. man). From mid 15c. as the name of some type of workman in wire making. From 1741 as one who takes a middle course …   Etymology dictionary

  • middleman — ► NOUN 1) a person who buys goods from producers and sells them to retailers or consumers. 2) a person who arranges business or political deals between other people …   English terms dictionary

  • middleman — [mid′ l man΄] n. pl. middlemen [mid′ lmen΄] 1. a trader who buys commodities from the producer and sells them to the retailer or, sometimes, directly to the consumer 2. a go between; intermediary …   English World dictionary

  • middleman — noun VERB + MIDDLEMAN ▪ act as, be ▪ bypass (AmE), cut out, eliminate ▪ Some factories have cut out the middleman and sell their products directly to customers. PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

  • middleman — plural middlemen noun (C) someone who buys things in order to sell them to someone else, or who helps to arrange business deals for other people: He acts as a middleman for British companies seeking contracts in the Gulf. | cut out the middleman… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • middleman — mid|dle|man [ˈmıdlmæn] n plural middlemen [ men] someone who buys things in order to sell them to someone else, or who helps to arrange business deals for other people ▪ He acts as a middleman for British companies seeking contracts in the Gulf.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middleman — [[t]mɪ̱d(ə)lmæn[/t]] middlemen 1) N COUNT A middleman is a person or company which buys things from the people who produce them and sells them to the people who want to buy them. Why don t they cut out the middleman and let us do it ourselves? 2) …   English dictionary

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