Definition of Old hand

1. Noun. An experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service.

Exact synonyms: Old Stager, Old-timer, Oldtimer, Stager, Veteran, Warhorse
Generic synonyms: Expert
Derivative terms: Veteran

Definition of Old hand

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A person who is experienced at a certain activity. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Old Hand

old flame
old flames
old fogey
old fogies
old folks
old franc
old francs
old geezer
old girl
old gold
old growth
old guard
old guards
old habits die hard
old hag syndrome
old hand (current term)
old hat
old lace
old lady
old maid
old maid flower
old man
old man's beard
old man of the mountain
old master
old mate
old men
old moon
old moons

Literary usage of Old hand

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1874)
"Did the old hand " reveal himself, and call out CAPTAIN ... Or, should this meet the eye of the " old hand," will it be the first he ever heard of CAPTAIN ..."

2. The Letter-bag of the Great Western, Or, Life in a Steamer by Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1840)
"LETTER FROM AN old hand. MY DEAR JAMES— Just as 1 was embarking I received your letter requesting me to give you a full account of my voyage, and such hints ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"Also old hand. 1877. Fit* years' Penal Servitude, L 32. In nine cases out of ten an OLD BIRD would betray himself. 1899. Star, 3 Jan. ..."

4. A Dictionary of the Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature of Great Britain by Samuel Halkett, John Laing (1883)
"A copy in the Adv. Lib. has, in an old hand, " By John Clerk of Penicuik." LETTER (a) to a friend, giving an account of all the treatises that have been ..."

5. Memoir of Thomas Thomson, Advocate by Cosmo Innes (1854)
"He gradually trained up a set of zealous coadjutors ;f but at the beginning of his work, he actually had not a clerk who could read old hand, and he stood ..."

6. Spons' Dictionary of Engineering, Civil, Mechanical, Military, and Naval by Edward Spon, Oliver Byrne (1874)
"The framework-knitter's old hand- frame, which has for so many years been almost the only apparatus commercially employed in manufacturing knitted wearing ..."

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