middleman

A middleman is someone who works buying goods from one source and selling them to another. For example, if you are selling your house, your real estate agent acts as the middleman between you and the buyer.

Anyone whose job involves buying and re-selling can be called a middleman, although sometimes the thing being sold is some kind of service rather than physical goods. One example of a middleman is a wholesaler who buys fruit and vegetables from farmers and then distributes them to large supermarkets. While sometimes it makes more sense for farmers to sell directly to stores, a middleman can simplify the process.

Primary Meanings of middleman

1.
n
someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers
2.
n
the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
Full Definitions of middleman
1

n someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers

Synonyms:
jobber, wholesaler
Examples:
Gustavus Franklin Swift
United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
Types:
meat packer, packer
a wholesaler in the meat-packing business
Type of:
distributer, distributor
someone who markets merchandise

n a person who is in a position to give you special assistance

Synonyms:
contact
Type of:
representative
a person who represents others
2

n the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk

Synonyms:
interlocutor
Type of:
minstrel
a performer in a minstrel show

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