dab hand

noun

Definition of dab hand

chiefly British
: expert

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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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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, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Confirmed Their Official Royal Birth Plans for Baby Sussex," 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, "'Incredibles 2' review: Piling on the action in a 14-years-later sequel," 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, "'Incredibles 2' review: Piling on the action in a 14-years-later sequel," 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

dab entry 4

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dab hand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dab hand

British, informal : a person who is very good at doing something

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