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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

big-time operator

and BTO
1. n. someone who does business in a big way. (The abbreviation is an initialism.) If you’re such a BTO, why are we standing here in the rain?
2. n. a man who chases women. That twit thinks he’s a big-time operator. A stud he’s not. A big-time operator needs a big-time car!
See also: operator

smooth operator

and smoothie
n. a clever and quiet person, especially in reference to romantic involvement; a seducer. He thinks he’s such a smooth operator! Clare is an old smoothie till she thinks she’s got everything the way she wants. Then you see the real Clare.
See also: operator, smooth
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Marking gauges with the normal operating range and using graphical, eighth-grade level instructions showing the "recorder" why, what, and how to inspect makes the job of an operator more interesting and truly empower him to impact plant performance.
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If an owner or operator has shut down its UST, either temporarily or permanently, or desires to shut it down before the end of the year, such closure must comply with the requirements set forth in the federal regulations.
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PM performed by operators is virtually free because the operator is already at the machine.
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