smooth operator

[ smooth-op-uh-rey-ter ]
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  1. a person who achieves social success or manipulates others through a calm, charming, and persuasive manner: I never know if he’s genuine or just playing me—he's a slick talker and smooth operator who gets what he wants.

  2. someone who performs a task with great skill and grace: This lawyer is highly recommended as a smooth operator—astute, personable, and committed to her clients' interests.

  1. something, such as a machine, computer program, etc., that is easy to use and runs flawlessly: Both engines are smooth operators, but the EX version of the car brings a little more pep to passing.

  2. a food or drink with a fine or mellow flavor, creamy texture, etc.: Our house ale is a smooth operator with robust flavors of molasses, caramel, and roasted malts.

Origin of smooth operator

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby smooth operator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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