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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How to use old hand in a sentence
Dixon, the old hand at 40, knows it’s very early in the race and seems content to relax, put his car on speed control and sit in third.
She is an old hand at this nerve-racking experience, having gone through it with Perseverance’s predecessors Curiosity, Spirit, and Opportunity.NASA’s Perseverance rover is about to start searching for life on Mars | Neel Patel | February 17, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
President Obama is an old hand at absorbing attacks from his left flank.Pelosi Joins Obama as Target of Liberals’ Anger Over Budget | Lloyd Grove | April 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
On Sunday a wise old hand who had seen it all expresses a sense of exasperation about the impasse in the Middle East.
Jane Lynch is an old hand at award show speeches, having nabbed an Emmy in August.
Like a Washington old-hand, Brown knows that all the attention is good for the coffers.
Another old hand, Henry Kaufman, once the most respected economists on Wall Street, is sounding a similar theme.
"You must be a very old hand in the business," said the captive, with a laugh.Frank Merriwell's Bravery | Burt L. Standish
Jasper pulled his shaky old hand through her arm, and half-carried, half-dragged him down to the parlor.A Very Naughty Girl | L. T. Meade
Down came a shaking, hot old hand in a rough caress, and up a gallant young tail to wave like a banner.Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
I shouldn't ha' dared to have tried that on an old hand—begging your pardon; I mean a real—a scoundrel.Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith
The reader must judge for himself whether this first paper is the work of an old hand or a novice.A Mortal Antipathy | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for 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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