old hand


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He's an old hand at working on cars. with 25 years on the job, Vinnie was the old hand everyone went to with their problems
Recent Examples on the Web By the time their paths crossed nearly two decades later in a dusty, eastern Afghan village, all three men had become old hands at war. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "As Afghan Soldier Kills 2 Americans, Peace Talks Forge Ahead," 17 Feb. 2020 But a game is nothing without compelling gameplay, and Parks brings plenty of fun decisions for newer gamers and old hands alike. Aaron Zimmerman, Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "The best board games to play with your quarantined housemates," 26 Apr. 2020 Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta is the old hand in the room. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What is the NFL draft telling us about the new Cleveland Browns regime? Can this work out?," 26 Apr. 2020 Prestigiacomo is devoting more of his energy these days to teaching the form, working with both old hands and newcomers to the Forum approach. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio director Robert Prestigiacomo teaching Forum Theatre, which engages audiences on social issues," 3 Mar. 2020 At the mellow age of twenty-one, Emma is an old hand at both scrutinizing and choreographing the romantic endeavors of other people. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Watching “The Call of the Wild” with an Audience of Dogs," 21 Feb. 2020 With more and more old hands gone, voluntarily or otherwise, this could be the Giants' wildest spring competition for jobs in a generation. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "What to watch for as Giants begin spring games under new manager Gabe Kapler," 20 Feb. 2020 So old hands suspect gradual evolution is more likely than a big bang. The Economist, "Britain after Brexit Dominic Cummings’s plan to reshape the state," 2 Jan. 2020 Carter is an old hand in the sister city business, having been involved with Pasadena’s efforts for more than 30 years. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Texas hospitality and Buc-ee’s: Pasadena delights Japanese delegation," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of old hand

1764, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Old hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20hand. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of old hand

: a person who has a lot of experience doing something

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