old hand

a person who is experienced in or familiar with a subject, area, procedure, etc.: The guide you just hired is an old hand at leading safaris.


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old hand
1.  a person who is skilled at something through long experience
2.  informal (Austral) (in the 19th century) an ex-convict
3.  informal (Austral) a person who is long established in a place

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Example sentences
We have so long thought of mentoring as a one-way street, with the old hand
  tutoring and advising the novitiate.
The ribs and planks creaked, but nothing gave, not even the old hand-sewn sails.
With an old hand in charge again, the profitable publisher may be kept, and the
  loss-making online ventures ditched.
And if you are an old hand, please, please publicize the names of the companies
  that have adopted your philosophy.
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