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or trou·ble-shoot·er

[truhb-uh l-shoo-ter]
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  1. a person with special skill in resolving disputes, impasses, etc., as in business, national, or international affairs: a diplomatic troubleshooter in the Middle East.
  2. an expert in discovering and eliminating the cause of trouble in mechanical equipment, power lines, etc.
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Origin of troubleshooter

First recorded in 1900–05; trouble + shooter
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  1. a person who locates the cause of trouble and removes or treats it
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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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