Definition of go-between in English:



  • An intermediary or negotiator.

    • ‘For all his managerial responsibilities, however, the go-between was only an intermediary.’
    • ‘A parent who decides that a child is ready to marry may contact agencies, go-betweens, relatives, and friends to find an appropriate mate.’
    • ‘In one council, for example, bosses have contacted the union through go-betweens and back-door communications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Agents and go-betweens are also marketing testimony from those who have come into contact with the teenagers while in custody.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Essentially they act as a go-between and a meeting place for all sorts of people interested in where their city is going.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fees worth a further £13.5 million were paid to agents and go-betweens during the period.’
    • ‘Were there too many go-betweens, emissaries, back channels?’
    • ‘For the common man, it is still the broker who is generally preferred as a go-between for arranging matches.’
    • ‘Acting as the go-between, the broker would charge the young man 5,000 yuan to complete the deal.’
    • ‘Mr Laird became the go-between in the negotiations that led to Ms deVere's redundancy package.’
    • ‘Those key players include representatives of peak industry and business groups, diplomats and influential negotiators and go-betweens on the trade talk circuit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    intermediary, middleman, agent, representative, broker, dealer, factor, liaison, liaison officer, link, linkman, linkwoman, linkperson, messenger, contact, contact man, contact person, contact woman, frontman
    negotiator, honest broker, interceder, intercessor, mediator
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/ˈɡō bəˌtwēn/