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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: hand, old
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

old hand

verb
See also: hand, old
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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He displayed the knowledge that qualifies him worthy, not as a youth but as someone who possesses an old hand mind.
Sam McNulty, who is running the auditions, said: "Whether you're an old hand or brand new to the music scene, you are invited to apply to show everyone what you're made of."
RICHARD HANNON is an "old hand" when it comes to trebles and grandchildren, so is unperturbed by the prospect of becoming a grandad three times over in a matter of weeks.
One old hand suggests hiring the child, but not paying the child for more than a couple of hours a day on a school day, or more than four or five hours on a non-school day; let the child keep his or her earned money; and never use an underage child's own money to pay for his Roth IRA.
Eurovision hopeful James Fox has had some advice from old hand and fellow Welshie Jessica Garlick, who represented the UK in the contest in 2002.
The 49-year-old Herrera is an old hand when it comes to representing Mexico's states in Houston, rubbing elbows with government officials, wheeling and dealing with local businessmen and leading trade missions to her states.
Old hand Richard Bonynge brings it all together felicitously, with a helping hand from London's clearly focused sonics.
Smart hurdler Coneygree, a halfbrother to 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers, jumped like an old hand to lift the Grade 2 novice chase won in the past by Gold Cup winners Bobs Worth and Denman in which the 11-10 shot Saphir Du Rheu unshipped Sam Twiston-Davies at the seventh.
Maybe the presence of old hand Mark Clattenburg put off Hunt and his team-mates, but there was no sign of any real con attempts.
The spokesman added: "A member of the public had apparently found an old hand grenade and decided to bring it into the station.
Already an old hand on the Flat, over hurdles and fences, the Milton Harris-trained eight-year-old showed an aptitude for this rarest of equine sports.
Missing teenage top-string Alistair Mutch and old hand Rick Popplewell, Deeside were locked on 1-1 as the Prestatyn visitors levelled through Gareth Harrison-Jones after Deeside's Jonathan Hunter had toppled experienced former county regular Steve Daborn in straight games.
HE seems to have been around for ever since he signed on a 'free' from Southampton back in 2003 - and what a contribution old hand Kevin has made for the Wanderers cause.
It is the style of fishing that suits this old hand and with a decent peg on the Quarry stretch of river, he ran a large waggler float down the centre with bronze maggot to catch three chub for 9lb, along with a net of prime roach.