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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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.
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.
MERVYN King is supposed to be the safe pair of hands holding our economic fortunes in kid gloves.
Mr King, who is 59, is widely seen as the safe pair of hands required to help steer the UK through challenging economic times.
Mr King is widely seen as the safe pair of hands required to help steer the UK through challenging economic times.
He was backed by Nigel Farrage, leader of the Ukip MEPs, who said, 'He has been the safe pair of hands.
Chilcot was Mr Brown as the safe pair of hands, the master of his brief, the experienced leader prepared to acknowledge failures while fighting a corner.
It might appear that his was not the safe pair of hands that the New Labour spin machine made it out to be.