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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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In a number of strong union towns, especially in the West, operators did organize in the first decade of the twentieth century, but they were rarely able to sustain organization against the invariably concerted managerial opposition.
Examples include Harley-Davidson and Detroit Diesel, both of which found their union representatives and maintenance craftsmen quite willing to support operator involvement in preventive maintenance.
Available in a hosted or network operator deployed model, the Mobile Application Gateway allows network operators to provide wireless access to corporate information on a variety of handheld devices.
After more than a century, the telephone operator - the human being who was always there on the other end of the phone - is becoming obsolete, along with receptionists and bank tellers.
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