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smooth operator


a person who successfully manipulates people or situations


Professional athletes tend to be smooth operators.

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n,n phr

A person who is attractive, pleasant, and full of finesse: thought of Dr Hugo Barker as a smooth article/ You think you're such a smoothie

[1933+ Students; smoothie is like slicker, but today lacks the connotations of dishonesty and trickiness]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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