fixer

noun
fix·​er | \ ˈfik-sər How to pronounce fixer (audio) \

Definition of fixer

: one that fixes: such as
a : a person who intervenes to enable someone to circumvent the law or obtain a political favor
b : a person who adjusts matters or disputes by negotiation
c : sodium thiosulfate also : a solution of sodium thiosulfate

Examples of fixer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This may trip up some of you who have owned your home for decades or perhaps bought a real fixer-upper. David Rae, Forbes, "Can I Still Get A Tax Deduction For My HELOC M0rtgage?," 17 Mar. 2021 The final installment in Mantel’s trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s scheming right-hand man, has the famous fixer getting the comeuppance his many foes had long hoped for. Washington Post, "50 notable works of fiction in 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 The great exception is Madeleine White, the calculating fixer in Spike Lee’s underrated crime thriller. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Jodie Foster Movie Performance, Ranked," 19 Feb. 2021 In Martinez’s recounting, he was tricked into participating in the burglaries by E. Howard Hunt, a former CIA officer who helped coordinate the Bay of Pigs invasion and later became a White House fixer for Nixon’s administration. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Last surviving Watergate burglar dies at 98," 4 Feb. 2021 In Cleveland, authorities say the latest plan to undercut Cleveland Public Power began in early 2018, when a Cincinnati fixer incorporated a nonprofit that was financed by FirstEnergy Corp. and aided by attorneys and lobbyists. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "The controversial Jim Jordan is front and center for the debate on Donald Trump’s 2nd impeachment: The Wake Up podcast," 14 Jan. 2021 Trump and his legal fixer, Rudy Giuliani, routinely derided the vote counts in major cities as corrupt and untrustworthy, mirroring the rhetoric Trump had used against Black lawmakers like Elijah Cummings and his native city of Baltimore. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Dangerous Historical Precedent for Ted Cruz’s Shameless Electoral College Gambit," 5 Jan. 2021 The Petaluma fixer-upper bought by one of the wealthiest men in the Bay Area doesn’t really need fixing up, some of his new neighbors say. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Big plans for historic Petaluma house have some neighborhood foes digging in," 5 Dec. 2020 Washington is perhaps best known for her role as powerful D.C. fixer Olivia Pope on Scandal, which aired on ABC from 2012-2018. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Kerry Washington Designed Her Own Prom Dress," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of fixer

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fixer

fix entry 1 + -er entry 2

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1 Apr 2021

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“Fixer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixer. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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