Middleman
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 in small portions to the peasantry. [1913 Webster]

2. A person of intermediate rank; a commoner. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) The man who occupies a central position in a file of soldiers. [1913 Webster]


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