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old hand

noun
1.
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
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
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old hand

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