old hand

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 (for: ↑veteran)
Hypernyms: ↑expert

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noun
1. : one having knowledge or ability gained through long experience : veteran

viewed it with the lenient, slightly bored cynicism of an old hand — Francis Hackett

even old hands had to gear up anew for these new jobs — J.A.Conway

especially : one having detailed knowledge of a geographical area due to extended residence or activity there

an old China hand

2. Australia : an ex-convict; especially : one of the early immigrants to Australia

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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.
[1775-85]

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old hand see under ↑old
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Main Entry:hand
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old hand noun
1. An experienced performer
2. An old convict
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Main Entry:old

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old hand UK US noun [countable] [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.

Thesaurus: someone who is good at doing somethingsynonym

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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.

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n. a person with a lot of experience in something

he was an old hand at red-tape cutting

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noun, pl ⋯ hands [count]
: a person who has a lot of experience doing something

He's an old hand at working on cars.

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ˌold ˈhand [old hand] noun \old hand (at sth/at doing sth)
a person with a lot of experience and skill in a particular activity

She's an old hand at dealing with the press.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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