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[fik-ser] /ˈfɪk sər/
a person or thing that fixes.
Informal. a person who arranges matters in advance through bribery or influence.
Informal. fixer-upper (def 2).
Photography. fixative (def 3).
Slang. a person who sells narcotics to addicts.
Origin of fixer
First recorded in 1840-50; fix + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All who did business with legislatures "fixed" them, and Whitney was certainly the star "fixer."

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • Tu ne seras pas tonn, mon ami, aprs une telle comparaison, que je me sois dcid me fixer ici.

  • He gave one look at the fixer (and the fixer's face was worth looking at) and at the gaping countenances all about him.

    Pee-wee Harris on the Trail Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Sometimes he had to call in a “fixer” to manufacture evidence, that the far-off ends of justice might not be defeated.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • Sometimes he had to call in a "fixer" to manufacture evidence, that the far-off ends of justice might not be defeated.

    Never-Fail Blake

    Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for fixer


a person or thing that fixes
(photog) a solution containing one or more chemical compounds that is used, in fixing, to dissolve unexposed silver halides. It sometimes has an additive to stop the action of developer
(slang) a person who makes arrangements, esp by underhand or illegal means
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fixer

1849, of chemicals, etc.; 1885 as a person who "makes things right;" agent noun from fix (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fixer



A person who arranges shady and illegal affairs: He's a fixer you have to see if you want to open a gambling hall (1889+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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