or trou·ble-shoot·er

[truhb-uh l-shoo-ter]


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.

Origin of troubleshooter

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

Related Words for troubleshooter

technician, mender

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British Dictionary definitions for troubleshooter



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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