safe pair of hands

noun phrase

British
: someone who can be trusted with responsibility or a job
The next leader of the party should be a safe pair of hands.

Examples of safe pair of hands in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What Mattarella needed was essentially a safe pair of hands to reassure markets until Italy could hold another vote. Erik Jones, Foreign Affairs, 5 June 2018 Qin’s successor, Wang, appears to be a safe pair of hands after the backroom drama of the past month. David Pierson, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2023 He is seen as a safe pair of hands capable of integrating Credit Suisse and salvaging core parts of its business. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 4 Apr. 2023

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“Safe pair of hands.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe%20pair%20of%20hands. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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