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a fixed budget
▪ Our clients usually have a fixed budget.
a fixed charge
▪ There’s a fixed charge for having a dental check.
a fixed term
▪ The contract was for a fixed term of five years.
a fixed/set period (=that will not be changed)
▪ A tourist visa allows you to stay for a fixed period.
a fixed/unwavering/unblinking stare (=with your eyes not moving at all)
▪ His unwavering stare was making me feel pretty uneasy.
a flat/fixed rate (=one that does not change)
▪ Profits were taxed at a flat rate of 45 percent.
a flat/fixed/set fee (=a fee that is the same in every case)
▪ You pay a flat fee for all the services that are provided.
a set/fixed menu (=when the cook decides which dishes will be served to you, rather than you choosing for yourself)
▪ Dinner is three courses from a set menu.
a set/fixed pattern (=one that does not change)
▪ These incidents followed a set pattern.
fix a mealinformal especially AmE (= make a meal)
fix a price (=decide on it, sometimes illegally with others)
▪ Publishers are not permitted to fix prices with one another.
fix sb with a stareliterary (= stare at someone)
▪ He fixed her with a cool stare.
fix your gaze on sb/sth (=look at someone or something continuously)
▪ He fixed his gaze on the wall behind her.
fixed assets
fixed capital
fixed costs
fixed income
▪ pensioners living on a fixed income
▪ The rent is fixed for three years.
keep your gaze (fixed) on sb/sth (=keep looking at someone or something)
▪ I kept my gaze fixed on the television and didn’t look at him as he left the room.
no fixed abode (=no permanent home)
▪ a homeless person with no fixed abode
of no fixed address (=having no permanent home – used especially in news reports)
▪ a 25-year-old man of no fixed address
price fixing
set/fix a date (=decide the date when something will happen)
▪ They haven’t set a date for the election yet.
touch up/fix your make-up (=put a little more make-up on after some has come off)
▪ She went into the bathroom to touch up her makeup.
▪ A child presented with a visual stimulus tends to center or fix attention on a limited perceptual aspect of the stimulus.
▪ The body in its shroud of ice stayed fixed to the rock face.
▪ He pulled cautiously on my coat, his eyes fixed on my face.
▪ It felt as if it was fixed on my face for ever.
▪ Terry was in the bathroom, fixing her face.
▪ Interest on loans is fixed by law at a maximum 1% a month, a true rate of 12.68%.
▪ In my group the boundaries are fixed in law.
▪ Important consequences attend the fact that the composition, powers and procedures of the Cabinet are not fixed by law.
▪ I think everything can be fixed by a law.
▪ He fixed his mind deliberately on the question, not letting it wander.
▪ In 1998 Brown started plotting the route to the next election, fixed already in his mind as May 2001.
▪ Before leaving the chamber, Mungo turned back to take in the scene; to fix it in his mind.
▪ He had them all fixed in his mind.
▪ The only evenings I can recall are fixed in my mind precisely because they are different from all the others.
▪ As he journeyed home in the early-morning gloom, he tried to fix it in his mind with words.
▪ It took me two days to fix all the problems with that coach.
▪ Lei Feng is under a truck fixing a mechanical problem.
▪ The problem-solving sessions began to generate ideas for fixing problems such as water leaks and glass breakage.
▪ So, you should be able to fix this problem at either end - either adjust the software or the printer.
▪ Some also fear that efforts to fix the problem will just create more troublesome models.
▪ Such upgrades generally fix problems and add on a few minor features.
▪ He said engineers are working overtime to fix the problems.
▪ Lower yields on fixed income securities make equities more attractive than money market instruments for many investors, analysts said.
▪ Two retiring Republican senators warned their fellow lawmakers Tuesday that they need to fix the Social Security system before it goes broke.
▪ In 1975, fixed commissions on securities transactions were abolished.
all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etc
be of/have no fixed abode/address
▪ Both were said to be of no fixed abode, although they originate from the Old Swan district of Liverpool.
▪ I was of no fixed abode, but I'd finished my time so they still let me go.
have fixed ideas/opinions
how are you fixed for sth?
▪ Hey Mark, how are you fixed for cash?
if it ain't broke, don't fix it
quick fix
▪ A quick fix clearly becomes unfixed.
▪ Exercise is usually the best quick fix.
▪ I do not believe that there is a quick fix for the coal industry.
▪ It is better to strive for slow and gradual, but substantial, progress than a quick fix that may be ephemeral.
▪ More often, we opted for the quick fix or the solution offered by the management guru of the month.
▪ There are no quick fixes that enable work-inhibited students to become academically competent.
▪ There will be no quick fix for the San Francisco Giants.
▪ This, therefore, is a quick fix Bill.
▪ Gale waited while Seldon fixed the projector.
▪ He fixed the lamp to the wall above the bed with a couple of screws.
▪ He was convicted of fixing college basketball games in the 1950s.
▪ I'll fix her! Just you wait!
▪ I'll need to fix the boat before we can go out in it.
▪ I don't think it's fixed to the ceiling very securely.
▪ I have to fix lunch now.
▪ I must get my camera fixed before we go to France.
▪ I tried to fix them on the door, but they wouldn't stay.
▪ If you're hungry, I can fix you some scrambled eggs.
▪ If you ask me, the whole thing was fixed.
▪ If you want a chance to meet the Senator, I can fix it.
▪ Interest rates for savings accounts have been fixed at 7% for the rest of the year.
▪ Let me fix my hair first and then we can go.
▪ Many people believe that the outcome of wrestling matches are fixed.
▪ The chairs and tables were fixed to the floor.
▪ The doctors don't know if they can fix my kneecap.
▪ The project has finally been approved and they budget has been fixed.
▪ They disconnected the gas, and fixed the water heater to an outside wall.
▪ As soon as you've fixed it, drop a note to your boss and tell him what you've done.
▪ He had hoped to switch from a 8. 25 percent adjustable to a 15-year fixed under 7. 5 percent.
▪ His father was growing short-tempered as one interview after another proved to be fixed in some one else's favour.
▪ If the tooth is loosened in its socket, modern dental surgery may be able to fix it to adjacent teeth.
▪ The roof was to be of copper, and that decision automatically fixed one of the colors.
▪ Because that will take time, there can be no quick fix for public spending.
▪ Certainly, the best of them follow practices that are more customized art and skill than they are prepackaged quick fixes.
▪ Nor is a quick monetary fix available.
▪ More often, we opted for the quick fix or the solution offered by the management guru of the month.
▪ It is better to strive for slow and gradual, but substantial, progress than a quick fix that may be ephemeral.
▪ There is no quick fix, no cheap alternative.
▪ Exercise is usually the best quick fix.
▪ I needed a fix more than I ever thought that I could.
▪ He was pretty desperate that night, because he was out of cash and needed his fix.
▪ Right now, she needed a fix.
be of/have no fixed abode/address
▪ Both were said to be of no fixed abode, although they originate from the Old Swan district of Liverpool.
▪ I was of no fixed abode, but I'd finished my time so they still let me go.
have fixed ideas/opinions
how are you fixed for sth?
▪ Hey Mark, how are you fixed for cash?
if it ain't broke, don't fix it
quick fix
▪ A quick fix clearly becomes unfixed.
▪ Exercise is usually the best quick fix.
▪ I do not believe that there is a quick fix for the coal industry.
▪ It is better to strive for slow and gradual, but substantial, progress than a quick fix that may be ephemeral.
▪ More often, we opted for the quick fix or the solution offered by the management guru of the month.
▪ There are no quick fixes that enable work-inhibited students to become academically competent.
▪ There will be no quick fix for the San Francisco Giants.
▪ This, therefore, is a quick fix Bill.
▪ I need to have my coffee fix in the morning before I speak to anyone.
▪ Supporters of the losing team protested that the whole thing was a fix.
▪ The election was a fix!
▪ The streets are filled with drug addicts looking for a fix.
▪ And there are even a couple of fixes that failed.
▪ His was a never-ending search for a fix.
▪ Nor is a quick monetary fix available.
▪ Oh, the fix, the fix!
▪ One technological fix for this problem is to fit carousels on to the welding machines.
▪ Some one is trying to put the fix on him - whoever they are they're not getting help from me.
▪ This book assesses the technological fix for the muddle left by downsizing and reengineering.
▪ With luck, one could hope to get a longitude fix once a year by this technique.


Fix or FIX may refer to:

Fix (film)

Fix is a 2008 feature film directed by Tao Ruspoli starring Shawn Andrews, Olivia Wilde, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Tao Ruspoli, Dedee Pfeiffer and Andrew Fiscella.

Fix (surname)

Fix is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Bernd Fix (born 1962), German computer security expert
  • George Fix (1939–2002), American mathematician
  • Helen Fix (born 1922), American politician
  • Josh Fix, South African musician
  • Lauren Fix, American automotive expert
  • Oliver Fix (born 1973), German slalom canoeist
  • Paul Fix (1901–1983), American film and television character actor

Fix (Chris Lane song)

"Fix" is a song recorded by American country pop artist Chris Lane for his 2015 extended play of the same name. It was released to digital retailers through Big Loud Records on October 30, 2015 as the record's lead single. It is also included on his second studio album, Girl Problems, which was released on August 5, 2016. The song was written by Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure, and Abe Stoklasa and produced by Joey Moi.

Fix (position)

In position fixing navigation, a position fix (PF) or simply a fix is a position derived from measuring external reference points.

In nautical applications, the term is generally used with manual or visual techniques such as the use of intersecting visual or radio position lines rather than the use of more automated and accurate electronic methods such as GPS; in aviation, use of electronic navigation aids is more common. A visual fix can be made by using any sighting device with a bearing indicator. Two or more objects of known position are sighted, and the bearings recorded. Bearing lines are then plotted on a chart through the locations of the sighted items. The intersection of these lines is then the current position of the vessel.

Usually, a fix is where two or more position lines intersect at any given time. If three position lines can be obtained, the resulting "cocked hat", where the 3 lines do not intersect at the same point, but create a triangle where the vessel is inside, gives the navigator an indication of the accuracy in the three separate position lines.

The most accurate fixes occur when the position lines are at right angles to each other.

Fixes are a necessary part of navigation by dead reckoning because dead reckoning relies on estimates of speed, course. The fix confirms the actual position during a journey. The fix itself can introduce inaccuracies if the reference point is not correctly identified or is inaccurately measured.

Fix (beer)

FIX is a brand of Greek lager beer. The FIX brewery was founded in 1864 by the Fuchs family in Athens, Greece (which had come to Greece from Bavaria with King Otto) and grew significantly when owned by Karl Fuchs (in , Karolos Ioannou Fix) . This became the first major brewery in Greece and made many deliveries to Mediterranean countries where beer is now very popular.

FIX (or FIX HELLAS, its most common trademark) became synonymous with beer in Greece, enjoying a virtual monopoly in the country for about 100 years until the mid-1960s, operating a number of factories that also produced soft drinks. International competition affected company sales. It lost first place in the Greek market in 1973 and continued to decline until 1983, when it went out of business.

A FIX legacy is its historic industrial buildings throughout the country. These include one of the most iconic modern structures of Athens, on Syngrou Avenue, designed by architect Takis Zenetos in 1957 (partially demolished in 1994); another historic structure, an early 20th-century FIX factory on Patission Avenue was demolished in 2002 after a battle for its preservation was lost in favor of creating a park.

In 1995, the FIX trademarks were bought by D. Kourtakis wineries from the National Bank of Greece, which had received the FIX trademarks in the liquidation of the company. Kourtakis organized the Olympic Brewery to produce FIX Hellas beer, with a label design strongly reminiscent of the original FIX label.

The new FIX beer was not financially successful and, in 2009, the Olympic Brewery company was sold to Hitos AVEE and, in 2010, FIX beer was again available. The relaunched beer has a new label, with references to the gold medals and prizes won by the original FIX beer. An aggressive advertising campaign, with references to the strong historic legacy of FIX beer in the Greek society, has dramatically boosted sales, effectively leading to a strong comeback of the brand.

Ownership and usage of the historic trademark has been a source of conflict; there are Fix Beers brewed in the United States and in Canada which claim to use the Fix recipes.

Fix (EP)

Fix is the first EP by American country pop artist Chris Lane. It was released on November 13, 2015 through Big Loud Records. The album was produced by Joey Moi, who has worked with fellow country artist Florida Georgia Line and Dallas Smith. The EP's lead single " Fix" was released two weeks prior to the EP's digital release, and reached to number 21 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. On April 15, 2016, the album saw a physical releases exclusively though Target, which included two bonus tracks.

Fix (song)

"Fix" is a song performed by American contemporary R&B group Blackstreet, originally appearing as the fourth track on their second studio album Another Level. A remixed version of the song was issued as the third single from the album and features American rock band Fishbone, as well as a rap by American hip hop musician Ol' Dirty Bastard and ad-libs by American guitarist Slash. The song peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997.

The album version of the song contains a sample of " The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; and the song was later sampled in "Jambo 1997" by Tonex. The physical single contains an excerpt of "Man Behind the Music" by Queen Pen.



  1. v. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: repair, mend, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on] [ant: break]

  2. cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man" [syn: fasten, secure] [ant: unfasten]

  3. decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: specify, set, determine, limit]

  4. prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please" [syn: cook, ready, make, prepare]

  5. take vengeance on or get even; "We'll get them!"; "That'll fix him good!"; "This time I got him" [syn: pay back, pay off, get]

  6. set or place definitely; "Let's fix the date for the party!"

  7. kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study

  8. make fixed, stable or stationary; "let's fix the picture to the frame" [syn: fixate]

  9. make infertile; "in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disbilites are sterilized" [syn: sterilize, sterilise, desex, unsex, desexualize, desexualise]

  10. put (something somewhere) firmly; "She posited her hand on his shoulder"; "deposit the suitcase on the bench"; "fix your eyes on this spot" [syn: situate, posit, deposit]

  11. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill" [syn: prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set]


  1. n. informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish]

  2. something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug; "she needed a fix of chocolate"

  3. the act of putting something in working order again [syn: repair, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, reparation]

  4. an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear; "collusion resulted in tax fixes for gamblers"

  5. a determination of the location of something; "he got a good fix on the target" [syn: localization, localisation, location, locating]



n. A repair or corrective action. vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To pierce; now generally replaced by transfix. 2 # (context transitive by extension English) (Of a piercing look) to direct at someone. 3 (context transitive English) To attach; to affix; to hold in place. 4 # (context transitive figuratively usually in the passive English) To focus or determine (oneself, on a concept); to fixate. 5 (context transitive English) To mend, to repair. 6 (context transitive informal English) To prepare (food). 7 (context transitive English) To make (a contest, vote, or gamble) unfair; to privilege one contestant or a particular group of contestants, usually before the contest begins; to arrange immunity for defendants by tampering with the justice system via bribery or extortionSutherland, Edwin H. (ed) (1937): The Professional Thief: by a Professional Thief. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Reprinted by various publishers in subsequent decades.] 8 (context transitive US informal English) To surgically render an animal, especially a pet, infertile. 9 (context transitive mathematics sematics English) To map a (point or subset) to itself. 10 (context transitive informal English) To take revenge on, to best; to serve justice on an assumed miscreant. 11 (context transitive English) To render (a photographic impression) permanent by treating with such applications as will make it insensitive to the action of light. 12 (context transitive chemistry biology English) To convert into a stable or available form. 13 (context intransitive English) To become fixed; to settle or remain permanently; to cease from wandering; to rest. 14 (context intransitive English) To become firm, so as to resist volatilization; to cease to flow or be fluid; to congeal; to become hard and malleable, as a metallic substance.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


late 14c., "set (one's eyes or mind) on something" (a figurative use), probably from Old French verb *fixer, from fixe "fixed," from Latin fixus "fixed, fast, immovable; established, settled," past participle adjective from figere "to fix, fasten, drive, thrust in; pierce through, transfix," also figurative, from PIE root *dhigw- "to stick, to fix" (see dike).\n

\nSense of "fasten, attach" is c.1400; that of "to make (colors, etc.) fast or permanent" is from 1660s. The meaning "settle, assign" evolved into "adjust, arrange" (1660s), then "repair" (1737). Sense of "tamper with" (a fight, a jury, etc.) is from 1790. As euphemism for "castrate a pet" it dates from 1930. Related: Fixed; fixing.


"position from which it is difficult to move," 1809, American English, from fix (v.). Meaning "dose of narcotic" is from 1934, shortened from fix-up (1867, originally in reference to liquor). Meaning "reliable indication of the position of a ship, plane, etc." (by reference to fixed positions) is from 1902.

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Fettling \Fet"tling\, n.

  1. (Metal.) A mixture of ore, cinders, etc., used to line the hearth of a puddling furnace. [Eng.]

    Note: [It is commonly called fix in the United States.]

  2. (Pottery) The operation of shaving or smoothing the surface of undried clay ware.

Usage examples of "fix".

Unless I set my will, unless I absolve myself from the rhythm of life, fix myself and remain static, cut off from living, absolved within my own will.

Some types of bridge can be built out from the abutments, the completed part forming an erecting stage on which lifting appliances are fixed.

If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus.

I could hear their voices, full of excitement -- but the acoustics of the place made it impossible to get a good fix on the cries that were bounding back and forth across the lobby.

The acridity of its oil is modified in the seeds by combination with another fixed oil of a bland nature which can be readily separated by pressure, then the cake left after the expression of this fixed oil is far more pungent than the seeds.

Court declared that: After a legislative body has fairly and fully investigated and acted, by fixing what it believes to be reasonable rates, the courts cannot step in and say its action shall be set aside because the courts, upon similar investigation, have come to a different conclusion as to the reasonableness of the rates fixed.

No addressee involved, no chance to triangulate sources for a fix of any kind.

A half-second burst transmission at best No addressee involved, no chance to triangulate sources for a fix of any kind.

Those will last for nearly a generation and are, admittedly, easier to fix.

She had found four species that adsorbed heavy metals, and two that absorbed dissolved silicates and fixed them into their rigid stalks.

O thou, my squire, amiable companion of my favorable and adverse adventures, take note and fix in thy mind what thou wilt see me do here, so that thou mayest recount and relate it to the sole cause of all my actions!

He was asking about the inertial navigation system that kept their position updated between fixes from the NAV SAT Linden leaned over the aft rail of the conn, over the chart table, and pointed with his finger to their estimated position.

I happen to remember because it was just two year before that a strain of human aftosa developed in a Bolivian lavatory got loose through the medium of a Chinchilla coat fixed an income tax case in Kansas City.

And, worse, she had betrayed most melancholy signs of sourness and agedness as soon as he had sworn himself to her fast and fixed.

Clement during his latter days to encroach on the perquisites and possessions of the minor Italian States was crystallizing into a fixed purpose of ecclesiastical aggrandizement on the part of the new Pope.