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
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Related Words for old hand

old-timer, expert, pro, veteran, vet, warhorse

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Historical Examples of old hand

  • He had been sent up to have a look at the battle line, with an old-hand observer and instructions not to cross the trenches.

British Dictionary definitions for old hand

old hand


a person who is skilled at something through long experience
Australian informal (in the 19th century) an ex-convict
Australian informal a person who is long established in a place
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