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

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Mission control had no obvious fix, but the astronauts were old hands at improvising solutions to tricky problems. NBC News, "Apollo 11: Eleven things you never knew about NASA's landmark moon mission," 14 July 2019 The poll also found that Democratic primary voters had little taste for nominating a political outsider or novice, which could be good news for an old hand like Biden and bad news for a newcomer like Buttigieg. Janet Hook, latimes.com, "This poll asked voters to create their perfect candidate. Democrats picked an older white guy," 19 June 2019 But the new additions still needed an old hand in Yanda, who is considered the second best offensive lineman in team history behind Hall of Fame left tackle Jonathan Ogden. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Ravens' success rests on offensive line, return of healthy Marshal Yanda," 14 June 2019 Many old hands of the tech industry snootily dismiss his bets on Yahoo and Alibaba as flukes. The Economist, "The impact of Masayoshi Son’s $100bn tech fund will be profound," 10 May 2018 Erik and Deirdre soothe her, clearly old hands at calming her down. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Loves, losses of Everyfamily exposed in 'The Humans' (reviews)," 13 Apr. 2018 Coy Cronk, a junior, and Brandon Knight, a senior, are old hands at the tackle spots. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 But there are reasons why old hands such as Axelrod see the campaign as a billionaire’s vanity project. Max Abelson, Bloomberg.com, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 The only lousy part was spending five hours wearing an old hand-me-down life jacket. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Why I Love the $220 Astral BlueJacket PFD," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of old hand

1764, in the meaning defined above

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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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