trou·​ble·​shoot·​er | \ˈtrə-bəl-ˌshü-tər \

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

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Whether the new stadium planned by Knight and his troubleshooter, Howard Slusher, also can do that, remains to be seen. Ken Goe,, "Phil Knight rolls the dice with the future of Hayward Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 3 June 2018 Before Emanuel tapped her for the Police Board, Lightfoot was something of a troubleshooter in former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration. John Byrne,, "Lightfoot resigns from Police Board, clearing path for possible mayoral run," 7 May 2018 Nor was longtime Nike troubleshooter Howard Slusher, who is said to have made many of the final decisions. Ken Goe,, "The NCAA awards the 2019 and 2020 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Texas," 19 Apr. 2018 Howard Slusher, longtime troubleshooter for Nike co-founder Phil Knight, took over as project manager. Andrew Greif,, "Sweet 16 live updates: Oregon Ducks face Central Michigan in NCAA Tournament," 24 Mar. 2018 Her father was a troubleshooter for General Motors, and her mother was a homemaker. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Bobbi Baker Burrows, custodian of Life magazine’s storied photo archive, dies at 73," 18 Jan. 2018 Before taking up his job as anticorruption chief in 2012, Mr. Wang forged a career as an economic administrator and troubleshooter. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Powerful Ally of Xi Jinping Makes Political Comeback in China," 29 Jan. 2018 The September report was not the first time DEM’s troubleshooters flagged payment problems. Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Florida is way overdue in paying counties, cities for 2016 hurricane costs," 27 Oct. 2017 First, run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter. Patrick Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Script error? Lots of causes, but first try different browser," 8 Sep. 2017

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1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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