old hand
noun Date: circa 1785 hand 10e

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • old hand — noun count someone who has been doing something for a long time and is very good at it: There are no surprises for an old hand like him. old hand at: After bringing up six kids, I m an old hand at it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • old´hand´ — old hand, 1. a very skilled or experienced person; expert: »an old hand at selling, an old hand at swimming. 2. (in Australia) an ex convict. –old´hand´, adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • old hand — old hands N COUNT: oft N at n If someone is an old hand at something, they are very skilled at it because they have been doing it for a long time. An old hand at photography, Tim has been shooting wildlife as a hobby for the last 13 years. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • old hand — [n] person experienced in something expert, longtimer, old guard*, old school*, old timer*, pro*, vet*, veteran; concept 423 Ant. amateur, greenhorn, rookie …   New thesaurus

  • old hand — old′ hand′ n. a person with long experience in a subject, area, procedure, etc.; veteran • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • old hand — ► NOUN ▪ a person with a lot of experience …   English terms dictionary

  • old hand — n. a person with much skill or experience …   English World dictionary

  • old hand — noun an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service • Syn: ↑veteran, ↑old timer, ↑oldtimer, ↑warhorse, ↑old stager, ↑stager • Derivationally related forms: ↑veteran …   Useful english dictionary

  • old hand — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms old hand : singular old hand plural old hands someone who has been doing something for a long time and is very good at it old hand at: After bringing up six kids, I m an old hand at it …   English dictionary

  • old hand — /oʊld ˈhænd/ (say ohld hand) noun 1. someone with a great deal of experience in a particular situation, location, workplace, etc., sometimes specified: an old China hand. 2. Australian History a convict who had spent some years in the colony; old …   Australian English dictionary

  • old hand — {n. phr.} An experienced and highly skilled expert at some particular job. * /Uncle Joe is an old hand at repairing car engines./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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