Safe-pair-of-hands definition

(sports) The ability to catch and keep hold of [the ball, etc]
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(metonymically) A player who has a safe pair of hands.
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(figuratively) An experienced person (especially a leader) who can be trusted to do a decent job and not to make a serious mistake; often in relation to a task which is difficult and important; often suggesting blandness or a contrast to someone brilliant but erratic.
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Noun

Singular:
safe-pair-of-hands
Plural:
safe pairs of hands