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

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Shortly after the White House’s announcement late on Monday, the Chinese leadership’s economic troubleshooter, Vice Premier Liu He, huddled with his top lieutenants to devise a response, according to officials briefed on the matter. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Retaliates With Tariffs on $60 Billion of U.S. Goods," 19 Sep. 2018 The next occupant to fall in love with Petschek’s palace was Laurence Steinhardt, President Franklin Roosevelt’s close friend and troubleshooter. Caroline Moorehead, WSJ, "‘The Last Palace’ Review: History Happened Here," 30 Aug. 2018 Microsoft is also planning, but has not yet enabled, a new Windows troubleshooter. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft making more of the Windows 10 built-in apps removable," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of troubleshooter

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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