safe pair of hands

safe pair of hands

A trustworthy and competent person. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. That struggling company really needs a leader who is a safe pair of hands and can make some positive changes.
See also: hand, of, pair, safe

a safe pair of hands

mainly BRITISH
If someone is a safe pair of hands, they are good at their job and can be relied on not to make any serious mistakes. He was viewed as a reliable, solid politician — a safe pair of hands. Compare with in safe hands.
See also: hand, of, pair, safe
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Pulis was seen as a safe pair of hands in China, having never previously suffered relegation during his long managerial career.
MailSport today launches Project Save - a campaign to place our game in the complete custody of one safe pair of hands.
Big Sam is viewed by Everton as a safe pair of hands, but Burnley boss Sean Dyche, odds-on favourite with some bookies yesterday, is still a leading contender.
Southgate has been a safe pair of hands but is well aware England now need to go up another level.
Not only do we feel that the business will remain part of the thriving Midlands property market but we are confident that it will be successfully driven forward by this very safe pair of hands.
Pat is a safe pair of hands, although it Pat was Pat Kenny by numbers.
Gurney also has a safe pair of hands in the field (ten points are awarded for each catch).
Gray, now a television pundit in the Middle East, believes Pellegrini would be a good appointment - but regards Moyes as a safe pair of hands to begin Farhad Moshiri's new era.
Nominated by the government of India for the position, Kamath is seen as a safe pair of hands to steer the Bank as it starts its journey.
He's someone who has always been helpful to me and offered advice and I think he's a safe pair of hands for us right now.
EASTENDERS (8pm BBC1) GOODNESS me, but Carol Jackson, pictured, really is the most infuriating woman in soap - the safe pair of hands you can always rely on to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
EASTENDERS (8pm BBC1) GOODNESS me, but Carol Jackson really is the most infuriating woman in soap - the safe pair of hands you can always rely on to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
However, Sunday People Sport understands Short will not be rushed into a decision and knows that Kevin Ball, who takes charge of today's game with Liverpool, is a safe pair of hands.
Ingrid Seward, author of the upcoming book 'A Century of Royal Children', said that Webb would be like a safe pair of hands and she knows what is expected of her from the royal family.
She added: "This is a blow, though she is handing over to a safe pair of hands.