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a person who buys and sells goods or assets for others: the centralized lenders operate through brokers.
verb [with object]
arrange or negotiate (a settlement, deal, or plan): fighting continued despite attempts to broker a ceasefire.
a top City broker: DEALER, broker-dealer, agent, negotiator, trafficker; middleman, intermediary, mediator; factor, trustee, liaison, representative, go-between; stockbroker, insurance broker, interdealer broker; informal rep; historical scrivener.
an agreement brokered by the Commonwealth Secretariat: ARRANGE, organize, orchestrate, work out, thrash out, hammer out, settle, clinch, contract, pull off, bring off/about; negotiate, mediate, arbitrate, act as go-between; informal sort out, swing.
Middle English (denoting a retailer or pedlar): from Anglo-Norman French brocour, of unknown ultimate origin.
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Thanksgiving Day Trivia
Did you know?
The Plymouth settlers did not refer to themselves as 'Pilgrims'. The majority of the settlers were dissidents who had broken away from the Church of England. They would have called themselves 'separatists' or 'puritans'. It was not until about 100 years later that the term 'Pilgrims' started to be commonly used to refer to the settlers.
Another American Thanksgiving tradition is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Parade began, even before Thanksgiving was a legal holiday, in 1924. That year Macy’s employees marched through New York City from 145th St. down to 35th St. The employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and knights marching next to professional floats, live bands, and 25 live animals that were borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. A quarter of a million people were in the audience; the parade was a success! It became an annual event - people travelled to New York City to be a part of the tradition.