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noun [countable]     operator pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    someone whose job is to operate a machine or piece of equipment

    a crane operator

  2. 3
    a person or company that runs a business

    a bus/ferry/coach operator

    See also tour operator
  3. 4
    someone who is very good at getting what they want, sometimes by tricking other people
    smooth/shrewd operator:

    He was a shrewd operator who skillfully manipulated the press.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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