an old hand

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an old hand

One who has experience doing a particular task. If you have any questions, ask Andrea—she's done this job before and is an old hand at filing. I've been a bus driver for seven years, so I'm an old hand at this.
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old hand (at doing something)

someone who is experienced at doing something. The maid was an old hand at polishing silver. Bob is an old hand at training dogs.
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an old hand

COMMON If someone is an old hand at something, they have a lot of experience of doing it. Bryce is an old hand at this kind of project, having moved house six times in ten years. Whether you're a beginner or an old hand, these two new books will help you enjoy this satisfying craft. Note: You can describe someone as an older hand when you are comparing them with someone who is less experienced. The 11 who take on England will be a mix of youngsters and older hands.
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an old ˈhand (at something/at doing something)

a person who is very experienced at something: Pete’s an old hand at negotiating our contracts — he’s been at the firm nearly twenty years, so he knows all the procedures. OPPOSITE: (still) wet behind the ears
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old hand

verb
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References in classic literature ?
You can tell at a glance the difference between the old hand and the novice; between the case-hardened man who has been used to shift and struggle for years and the poor devil of a beginner striving to hide his misery, and in a constant agony of fear lest he should be found out.
Then all the old hands remembered that a certain dry mead, into which a few of the cows had been admitted of late, had, in years gone by, spoilt the butter in the same way.
There they await the onslaught, the inexperienced ones clutching their revolvers and treading on twigs, but the old hands sleeping tranquilly until just before the dawn.
I devoted a considerable amount of attention to the subject at one time, and was getting on, as I thought, fairly well; but the old hands told me that I should never be any real good at it, and advised me to give it up.
The old hand I was crewed with put the baby inside a pillow case together with the oxygen tubing and told me to keep this improvised oxygen tent open en route to A&E.
The alarm was sounded when someone turned up to hand in the old hand grenade to local police officers.
THE Old Hand and Diamond has provided a stop-off refreshment point for those travelling from Shropshire into Wales since the 17th century.
But there is nothing that equals The Dream of Reason as a sure guide to Classical, Medieval, and early Modern philosophy for the beginner--or, for that matter, for the old hand at the discipline.
Still, the old hand on the party circuit - who lost out to ex-Emmerdale star Emma Atkins for Best Soap Actress - was soon drowning her sorrows.
Sitting on Friday night with eight players for our third round Junior Shield game, I even had myself down to play and got two of the old hands to help us out and another who hasn't kicked a ball in nine weeks.
Some of the old hands swore that all the shells that were dropping short were being fired by the Territorial batteries: which was very unfair - only a couple of days before one of our signallers had overheard a conversation between the Adjutant and an artillery observation officer who complained very bitterly about the bad shells the artillery were now receiving.
Jake Greenall seems to gel with the old hands from Lee's Herefordshire stable, as he also managed to get a victory out of the identically-aged Marked Man at Towcester 2011.
ROOKIE match angler Donald McLean showed the old hands how to do it in the final of the 2008 Broom Series, picking up his first winner's cheque for pounds 1000.
His young United side - together with the old hands of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes - gave another masterclass at the weekend to go top of the Premiership.
ROOKIE Oliver Wilson looked set to upstage the old hands yesterday when he banged in four birdies in his opening five.