old hand

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - old hand

"old hand"

someone who is very experienced and skilled at doing something usually because they have been doing it for a long time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - old hand

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What are we going to do with the newbie?

Colleague 2:  Since the newbie knows nothing, I suggest we pair her up with an old hand.

Colleague 1:  Good idea.  That way the old hand can share her years of experience and give the newbie a good start.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - old hand

A homeowner is talking with a repairman ...

Homeowner:  Are you sure the gas burner is not going to explode?

Repairman:  Absolutely. I am an old hand at this work.

Homeowner:  How long have you been repairing hot water heaters?

Repairman:  For about ten years now.

old hand - Usage:


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old hand - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for old hand.

old hand - Examples:

1)  And this time she's recruited the help of Stephen Carter, an old hand at masterminding come-from-behind victories.

2)  Bruce is an old hand at this monitoring thing; he's been visiting Ryan's Well projects for many years.

3)  As an old hand, a veteran campaigner, someone who's been so much a part ...

4)  I'm the old hand these days, the singer/writer who recorded her first album at 15 will reflect ...

5)  It all looked incredibly straightforward for Kimi, an experienced old hand who's won so many times before.

6)  Roger Federer is a bit of an old hand at these season finale shindigs. He has won it in six of the last ...

7)  ... who has been an old hand in foreign policy analysis circles for decades now ...

8)  Ralph would have the help of Wested's foreman, an old hand in the cattle business, who had agreed to stay on under the new management ...

9)  Hofeller happens to be an old hand at redistricting litigation, and the maps will probably survive into the next decade.

10)  There's often a newbie (and sometimes an old hand) who's forgotten to bring their wine tool to work, ...

11)  Whether you're new to SQL or an old hand who wants to supercharge your database, find help in one of these minibooks!

12)  With two years' experience at this job, he's an old hand; Mesa, 38, has worked with the homeless for only four months.

13)  Also, for someone who claims to be an old hand at data analysis, you sure seem puzzled by things like seasons ...

14)  One was an old hand, he was seventy, and the other was a young and vigorous man, ...

15)  But if someone is in training, at least have an old hand looking over the newby's shoulder.

16)  It doesn't matter if you are a new student or an old hand -- all are welcome.

17)  It won't be long before you'll feel like an old hand, but it can be a little scary the first time.

18)  The most obvious job, if you're an old hand with a gun, is freelance security.

19)  By this time, Britt was already an old hand, having her poetry published aged just eight and receiving a wage as a reviewer ...

20)  McGeeney is the managerial old hand since he is in his fifth year in charge of Kildare but ...