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fixer

[fik-ser]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that fixes.
  2. Informal. a person who arranges matters in advance through bribery or influence.
  3. Informal. fixer-upper(def 2).
  4. Photography. fixative(def 3).
  5. Slang. a person who sells narcotics to addicts.
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Origin of fixer

First recorded in 1840–50; fix + -er1
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Examples from the Web for fixer

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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

fixer

noun
  1. a person or thing that fixes
  2. 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
  3. slang a person who makes arrangements, esp by underhand or illegal means
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Word Origin and History for fixer

n.

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

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