old hand


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Examples of old hand in a Sentence

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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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 Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are old hands in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now. Tom Philip, GQ, "How the Writers of Avengers: Infinity War Made the Biggest Superhero Movie of All Time," 25 Apr. 2018 Jackson, a senior, is an old hand at Brownstock, having played two years in a row. Jesse Wright, chicagotribune.com, "Lyons Township High School music festival marks start of spring break," 25 Mar. 2018 The old hands of the PP and PSOE are understandably concerned, and are hoping Podemos’s awkwardly broad coalition of voters and lack of experience sees them exhaust themselves before 2015’s general election. Dan Hancox, Newsweek, "Podemos: The Radical Party Turning Spanish Politics on Its Head," 22 Oct. 2014

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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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