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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Part of it was age: Biden was an old hand and a known quantity, and Obama uncharacteristically miscalculated that his age would dissuade him from a presidential run of his own. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Joe Biden, Designated White Guy," 13 Aug. 2019 Consensus: From the young bucks like Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson and the older hands such as Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann, the Braves are potent. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB playoff rankings: Eight best World Series bets after the trade deadline," 31 July 2019 Try your luck at panning for gold in the river or from the dig pile, while getting pointers from the old hands. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Gold Country adventure: Roaring Camp is a hoot and a half," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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