a person who is experienced in or familiar with a subject, area, procedure, etc.:
The guide you just hired is an old hand at leading safaris.
a person who is skilled at something through long experience
(Austral, informal) (in the 19th century) an ex-convict
(Austral, informal) a person who is long established in a place

noun phrase

An experienced person; a seasoned veteran: She’s an old hand at these diplomatic remedies (1785+)


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