old stager, old-timer, antique, ex-serviceman, veteran soldier, doyen, old hand, vet, gaffer, stage manager, old geezer, veteran, warhorse, oldtimer.
I saw that she was restless and with something on her mind to tell me, but I was too old a stager
to force a confidence, least of all a woman's, and so I waited, said nothing, and blew smoke rings.
- "Love, The Fiddler", Lloyd Osbourne.
An old stager:
greatgrandfather: he knows the ropes.
- "Ulysses", James Joyce.
" See," thought he, " this boy has tasted his first scraggy morsel of life today, and already he talks like an old stager,
and has, if I mistake not, been acting too.
- "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.