Main definitions of a safe pair of hands in English

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  • 1(in a sporting context) used to refer to someone who is reliable when catching a ball.

    ‘he has a safe pair of hands and made the catch look easy’
    • ‘Traditionally our goalkeepers have been a safe pair of hands but with David James, he is likely to pull of the best save of the tournament and then let a soft one in.’
    • ‘Particularly Pietersen, oddly enough, since he is a fine fielder, an intelligent cricketer and a safe pair of hands.’
    • ‘He is also a very good fielder with a safe pair of hands.’
    • ‘Terry Pearson broke up several threatening attacks and Bentley was once again showing a safe pair of hands in the home goal.’
    • ‘Coel showed he had a safe pair of hands when the embarrassed goalkeeper tossed the gloves into the Stretford End just before he disappeared down the tunnel.’
    1. 1.1 Used to denote someone who is capable, reliable, or trustworthy in the management of a situation.
      ‘they were searching for a safe pair of hands to oversee the running of the lottery’
      • ‘Among the second echelon, Liam Fox has 10 declared supporters, but his image is of a safe pair of hands in a senior Cabinet position, rather than of a party leader at a time of immense challenge.’
      • ‘In the short term, management will want to install a safe pair of hands in the editor's chair, someone who can pull off the balancing act of both stemming the Mirror's falling circulation and keeping their head down.’
      • ‘With solid work like Brassed Off, Little Voice and even Purely Belter behind him, writer-director Mark Herman would appear to be a safe pair of hands in which to entrust your cinema admission fee.’
      • ‘Those who saw him as a safe pair of hands when he succeeded a dispirited Paul Sturrock in August presumably thought the former Aberdeen and St Mirren manager would use such experience to bolster a struggling squad.’
      • ‘That he is now regarded as a safe pair of hands by Hibs' under-pressure board is a tribute to the way in which he overcame a difficult settling-in period to become the league's longest-serving manager.’
      • ‘Regarded as a safe pair of hands, he manages to combine a strong streak of entrepreneurship with a cautious and balanced approach to control and risk.’
      • ‘Entrusted with a 150 million budget, Sam Raimi is both a safe pair of hands and an inspired, quirky choice to bring the 40-year-old Marvel superhero to the screen.’
      • ‘The young cast have grown into their roles and director Chris Columbus displays a confidence won by convincing everyone that he is a safe pair of hands, who will do nothing to betray or disappoint Potter fans.’
      • ‘A month's contract stretched to three then was extended to the end of the season - giving Wanderers a safe pair of hands to cover for the suspended Jussi Jaaskelainen for the two Easter games.’
      • ‘In each case he was brought in [to the Central Bank] to be a safe pair of hands during a crisis.’

Main definitions of a safe pair of hands in English

: a safe pair of hands1a safe pair of hands2

a safe pair of hands2

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