trou·​ble·​shoot·​er | \ ˈtrə-bəl-ˌshü-tər How to pronounce troubleshooter (audio) \

Definition of troubleshooter

1 : a skilled worker employed to locate trouble and make repairs in machinery and technical equipment
2 : an expert in resolving diplomatic or political disputes : a mediator of disputes that are at an impasse
3 : a person skilled at solving or anticipating problems or difficulties

Examples of troubleshooter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serve as a technical problem-solver/troubleshooter involving daily telephone contact with the ACO and periodic travel. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "US Census Bureau wants to pay metro Detroiters $19/hour for 2020 census job," 15 Nov. 2019 Teams of mechanics and technical troubleshooters were assembled. Geoff Manaugh, The New Yorker, "When Russia and America Coöperated to Avert a Y2K Apocalypse," 30 Dec. 2019 After leaving the Fed, Volcker took on assignments as a troubleshooter. Christopher S. Rugaber, The Denver Post, "Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker has died," 9 Dec. 2019 After leaving the Fed, Volcker took on assignments as a troubleshooter. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, "Paul Volcker, Fed chairman who curbed inflation by raising interest rates, dies at 92," 9 Dec. 2019 After leaving the Fed, Volcker took on assignments as a troubleshooter. Christopher Rugaber, Twin Cities, "Ex-Fed Chair Paul Volcker dies, tamed inflation with recession," 9 Dec. 2019 After leaving the Fed, Volcker took on assignments as a troubleshooter. CBS News, "Paul Volcker, Fed chair who fought runaway inflation, has died at age 92," 9 Dec. 2019 Not surprisingly, Jaitly was widely seen as Modi’s chief troubleshooter. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Arun Jaitley: From 19 months in prison to the high table of Indian economic affairs," 24 Aug. 2019 The change was handled by Mr. Kelly, then in charge of the CEO’s office and human resources, whom colleagues describe as a fierce Ghosn loyalist and troubleshooter. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of troubleshooter

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Troubleshooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of troubleshooter

: a person who finds and fixes problems in machinery and technical equipment (such as computers)
: a person who tries to find solutions to problems or end disagreements

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