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"middleman" in British English

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middlemannoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɪd.əl.mæn/  us   /ˈmɪd.əl.mæn/ (plural -men uk   /-men/ us   )
a ​person who ​buysgoods from the ​company that has ​produced them and makes a ​profit by ​selling them to a ​shop or a ​user: You can ​lower the ​price by cutting out (= ​avoiding the use of) the middleman and ​buyingdirectly from the ​factory.
someone who ​communicates or makes ​arrangements between two ​people or ​groups who are ​unwilling or ​unable to ​meet or ​dealdirectly with each other
(Definition of middleman from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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middlemannoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɪd·əlˌmæn/ (-men  /ˈmɪd·əlˌmen/ )
a ​person who ​buysgoods from the ​person who makes or ​grows them and makes a ​profit by ​selling them to a ​store or a user
(Definition of middleman from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"middleman" in Business English

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middlemannoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmɪdlmæn/
COMMERCE a ​person or ​company that ​buysgoods from the ​company that has ​produced them and makes a ​profit by ​selling them to a ​store or a ​user: You can ​lower the ​price if you cut out the middleman and ​buy directly from the ​factory.
COMMUNICATIONS a ​person who communicates or makes ​arrangements between two ​people or ​groups who are unwilling or unable to ​meet or ​deal directly with each other: Generally, any ​unsolicitedoffer to make ​money by being a middleman for a ​transaction for somebody you don't know is ​fraudulent.
(Definition of middleman from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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