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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.
Origin of old hand
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for old hand
  • 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.
  • Those marked by windmill towers and old hand pumps are easy to spot.
  • The pavers have a filtering chamber, and overflow is piped into an old hand-dug well on the site.
  • Whether you're a beginner or an old hand, you're sure to learn about lots of terrific sources you never knew existed.
  • Regardless of whether you are an old hand or a newcomer, this manual was written for you.
  • If the spine is missing, a new one is created for it using centuries-old hand-tooling methods.
  • Ralph dilly-dallied along the way, tossing the coin and catching it in his small ten-year-old hand.
British Dictionary definitions for old hand

old hand

a person who is skilled at something through long experience
(Austral, informal) (in the 19th century) an ex-convict
(Austral, informal) a person who is long established in a place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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old hand

noun phrase

An experienced person; a seasoned veteran: She's an old hand at these diplomatic remedies (1785+)

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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