Definition of go-between in English:



  • An intermediary or negotiator.

    • ‘A parent who decides that a child is ready to marry may contact agencies, go-betweens, relatives, and friends to find an appropriate mate.’
    • ‘For travelers who've been harmed, or just burned, beyond the reach of American courts, suing go-betweens like travel agents and tour operators is often the only remedy.’
    • ‘Fees worth a further £13.5 million were paid to agents and go-betweens during the period.’
    • ‘For all his managerial responsibilities, however, the go-between was only an intermediary.’
    • ‘Mr Laird became the go-between in the negotiations that led to Ms deVere's redundancy package.’
    • ‘In one council, for example, bosses have contacted the union through go-betweens and back-door communications.’
    • ‘That they used go-betweens, rather than resolve the dispute between themselves, is a telling commentary about the intensity of the wariness and abrasion that has become knitted into that tortuous relationship.’
    • ‘Were there too many go-betweens, emissaries, back channels?’
    • ‘Essentially they act as a go-between and a meeting place for all sorts of people interested in where their city is going.’
    • ‘This branding of young minds has become its own industry, with companies like the Field Trip Factory operating as go-betweens to link local schools with corporate chains.’
    • ‘Agents and go-betweens are also marketing testimony from those who have come into contact with the teenagers while in custody.’
    • ‘Acting as the go-between, the broker would charge the young man 5,000 yuan to complete the deal.’
    • ‘These two traders are wearing red badges, which means they are go-betweens who only take orders from the luxury-box people, communicating by means of hand signals.’
    • ‘She's acted as a go-between, in a very literal sense, between me in London and him in Toronto.’
    • ‘Don't facilitate negotiations or act as a go-between for people who are willing to share power but who won't actually talk to each other.’
    • ‘Those key players include representatives of peak industry and business groups, diplomats and influential negotiators and go-betweens on the trade talk circuit.’
    • ‘Despite the sombre contents of the tapes, the go-between who helped record the interviews said recently that people would be surprised at what a cheerful lady she ultimately was.’
    • ‘They never act as go-betweens, spies, agents or bearers of false witness and cannot be bought, influenced, or obligated by the rich or powerful.’
    • ‘The incident came to light in July after an man who claimed to have brokered the first secret meeting came clean to a local news weekly on his role as a go-between for such contacts.’
    • ‘For the common man, it is still the broker who is generally preferred as a go-between for arranging matches.’
    intermediary, middleman, agent, representative, broker, dealer, factor, liaison, liaison officer, link, linkman, linkwoman, linkperson, messenger, contact, contact man, contact person, contact woman, frontman
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