safe pair of hands

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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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* SAFE PAIRS OF HANDS: Alex Smithies with Karen Tomlinson, left, and Andrea Denton (S)
"The women being talked about all have vast experience and are seen as safe pairs of hands."
The Raiders like to spread the ball around in the air, with receiving legends Jerry Rice and Tim Brown safe pairs of hands.