old hand

noun

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Example Sentences

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 China is an old hand at teaching the virtues of the one-party state to African leaders, a constant theme when Mao Zedong was alive. New York Times, 25 July 2022 Role playing games no longer require someone new to be brought into the hobby by an old hand. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Across town, the Mets’ new manager has proven a wise, old hand. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 Both of them are an old hand at putting together picnics. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 June 2022 Forty years later, his 9-year-old hand prints still visible in a preserved chunk of cement set during the institute’s groundbreaking ceremony, nearly everything about diabetes has changed. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2022 Blatchford is an old hand at traditional barbecue, but wanted to offer the same delicious experience to vegans and vegetarians. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 Surely, the youthful Sasaki benefited from a wise old hand at catcher. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 In addition, an old hand at the sport, Herbie Blash, has returned from retirement to act as an advisor. Brad Spurgeon, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of old hand was in 1764

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“Old hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20hand. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 1 Sep 2022

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