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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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 Besides the intriguing Windows Sandbox virtual testbed, little is new: there are some smarter troubleshooters and Windows Update logic that work behind the scenes, the separation of Cortana and Windows search, and more. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 2019 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

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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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