Definition of dab hand in English:

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dab hand


British informal
A person who is an expert at a particular activity: Liam is a dab hand at golf
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  • I've backed a few horses in my time and I'm a dab hand on the penny falls, but card games are different.
  • With the horticulture marquee, floral art marquee and display marquee, there should be something on site to appeal to every visitor, be they a dab hand in the garden or a complete novice.
  • The internationally renowned chef at Manchester's acclaimed Chinese restaurant is a dab hand at dealing with woks of boiling oil, and knows all about safety in the kitchen.


Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

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