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.
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.
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.
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.
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How to use smooth operator in a sentence
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The silver-haired Hinton is widely described as a smooth operator.
The Situation is really aggressive—literally picking up girls and placing them on counters—and you're more of a smooth operator.
But Gaspard, a “smooth operator,” according to one DNC political organizer, is not shy about wading into a fight.