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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
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The author of such a novel, if not an old hand, should give us something better and stronger ere long.

  • I took his old hand in mine and raised it reverently to my lips.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • This fellow was recognised by the detectives at Fremantle and was pronounced to be an old hand.

  • She tried to hold her milk up, but I am an old hand at that work.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Then his mother went behind him, laid a hard, old hand on each shoulder, and shook him.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • No matter: I was an old hand and could not mistake its source.

  • Captain Fraser's Khansama was an old hand at his business, but somehow he made a mess of things.

  • He is an old hand, who knows the market and frankly manufactures for it.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
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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