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fixer (plural fixers)

  1. Agent noun of fix; one who, or that which, fixes.
  2. (photography) A chemical (sodium thiosulfate) used in photographic development that fixes the image in place, preventing further chemical reactions.
    • 2003, Bruce Warren, Photography: The Concise Guide, Cengage Learning (→ISBN), page 69
      The fixer removes the undeveloped silver salts from the film, rendering it no longer sensitive to light. Pour the fixer — at a temperature within plus or minus 5° F of the developer's — into the tank, using the amount specified by the tank directions. Agitate with ten inversions initially and then for 10 seconds out of every minute for the remainder of the fixing time. The fixing time is not as critical as the developing lime, but stay within the time range suggested in the fixer directions.
  3. (criminal justice, law, and underworld) A person who arranges immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortion, especially as a business endeavor for profit.
    • 1937, Sutherland, Edwin H. (ed); Conwell, Chic (pseudonym), The Professional Thief: by a Professional Thief. Annotated and Interpreted by Edwin H. Sutherland, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, LCCN 37036112:
      A professional bank robber commented on this [a point in the thief's memoir]: 'Perhaps the author means by this that the fixer with whom he is acquainted works only on crimes not involving violence. It is true that there are specialists even in the fix line, and a man who has an in [in = advantageous position] to fix con cases might not be able to fix robbery cases. But if the author means that the fix does not exist in armed robbery, he is badly mistaken. It is merely a matter of knowing the right party to go to.'
  4. (journalism) A person who assists foreign journalists in volatile countries, often providing interpretation, personal connections, and transportation services.
    • 2007, Myriam Salama-Carr, Translating and Interpreting Conflict, Rodopi (→ISBN), page 25
      Yet at the same time, this is also the source of what journalists see as one of the major risks involved in dependence on the fixer: the fixer may determine, to some extent, what the journalist sees. It is at this point that differences between journalists become apparent in the interviews – they give different evaluations of the risks. Clearly, this is a point of tension in their understanding of the situation: the prime positive qualities of the fixer are also the potentially negative ones.
  5. (real estate, US) A fixer-upper.

Related termsEdit





From fixe +‎ -er.




  1. to fix, fasten
  2. to fix, arrange, set (a date, price etc.)
  3. (reflexive) to settle (in a place)
  4. (transitive) to stare at
    • 2000, Jean-François Parot, L'énigme des Blancs-Manteaux, JC Lattès 2012, p. 11:
      Sur le banc, deux hommes, envelopés de capes dont les pans noirs étaient à demi éclairés par la lueur d'un méchant falot, fixaient l'obscurité.


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  1. comparative degree of fix



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  1. (Jersey, transitive) to stare at