or trou·ble-shoot·er

[ truhb-uh l-shoo-ter ]
/ ˈtrʌb əlˌʃu tər /


a person with special skill in resolving disputes, impasses, etc., as in business, national, or international affairs: a diplomatic troubleshooter in the Middle East.
an expert in discovering and eliminating the cause of trouble in mechanical equipment, power lines, etc.


Nearby words

  1. troubled,
  2. troubled waters,
  3. troublemaker,
  4. troubleproof,
  5. troubleshoot,
  6. troubleshooting,
  7. troublesome,
  8. troublous,
  9. troublously,
  10. trouch

Origin of troubleshooter

First recorded in 1900–05; trouble + shooter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for troubleshooter


/ (ˈtrʌbəlˌʃuːtə) /


a person who locates the cause of trouble and removes or treats it
Derived Formstroubleshooting, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for troubleshooter



also trouble-shooter, 1898, originally one who works on telegraph or telephone lines. From trouble (n.) + agent noun from shoot (v.).

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