a smooth operator

a smooth operator

If you describe someone as a smooth operator, you mean that they are very successful, often by cleverly persuading other people to do what they want. As with many people in the Foreign Office, he is a smooth operator and able to avoid conflict.
See also: operator, smooth
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If you are a smooth operator, or know someone who is, write in, with a picture, and explain why, in no more than 500 words, you or your nominee deserves to win.