dab hand

noun

Definition of dab hand

chiefly British
: expert

Examples of dab hand in a Sentence

He's a dab hand at cooking. She's a dab hand in the kitchen. She's always been a dab hand with a paint brush.
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Recent Examples on the Web Zach is a dab hand at herbal knockout potions and the occasional amateur amputation, and there’s a scene featuring the latter in which Wheatley indulges his twin tastes for deadpan comedy and head-on gross-outs to the extreme. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2021 Sarah, a dab hand at deflecting sexism and maintaining her professional composure, takes the microphone and expresses her excitement at being on board. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020 That, perhaps, is a little less in the bag, but the Kremlin’s operatives are dab hands at suppressing protests and neutering the press. The Economist, 12 Mar. 2020 This is a very different approach to sister-in-law Kate Middleton, and Harry’s older brother, Prince William, who have so far welcomed three royal babies into the world, and are kind of a dab hand at the whole thing. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, 11 Apr. 2019 The returning characters include Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and steely, brilliant Edna Mode (voiced by director Bird), who turns out to be a dab hand at babysitting the literal fireball Jack-Jack. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2018 The returning characters include Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and steely, brilliant Edna Mode (voiced by director Bird), who turns out to be a dab hand at babysitting the literal fireball Jack-Jack. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of dab hand

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dab hand

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The first known use of dab hand was circa 1828

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“Dab hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dab%20hand. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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dab hand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dab hand

: a person who is very good at doing something : expert

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