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[fik-ser] /ˈfɪk sər/
a person or thing that fixes.
Informal. a person who arranges matters in advance through bribery or influence.
Informal. fixer-upper (def 2).
Photography, fixative (def 3).
Slang. a person who sells narcotics to addicts.
Origin of fixer
1840-50; fix + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fixer
  • He is the fixer of problems not the cause of trouble.
  • There are fixer-uppers, and then there are complete wrecks.
  • Less than an hour after he left, our fixer received a call.
  • Securing the portraits required tenacity, quick reflexes and the wiles of a fixer.
  • Silver is found in used x-ray fixer solution, used x-ray film, and also dental amalgam.
  • Worker is exposed to developer fluid and fixer fluid, developer and fixer systems cleaner and denatured alcohol.
  • The fixer solution will not be counted towards the school's generator status, as long as it is recycled for the silver content.
  • Photographic fixer removes the unexposed silver compounds from the film during the developing process.
  • Disagreement over what needed fixing and who was the best fixer indicated the existence of power issues.
British Dictionary definitions for fixer


a person or thing that fixes
(photog) a solution containing one or more chemical compounds that is used, in fixing, to dissolve unexposed silver halides. It sometimes has an additive to stop the action of developer
(slang) a person who makes arrangements, esp by underhand or illegal means
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fixer

1849, of chemicals, etc.; 1885 as a person who "makes things right;" agent noun from fix (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fixer



A person who arranges shady and illegal affairs: He's a fixer you have to see if you want to open a gambling hall (1889+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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