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I need a single word or a catchy phrase for such person. The best I could think of is 'concierge', but it's not good, as it's a complicated word, and not personable. Someone you could fully trust, that cares about quality of job they do for you (even if it's just an errand sometimes), promptly, as if you did it yourself, even better.

thank you!

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    A "go-to" person, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Nov 28, 2016 at 18:57
  • I'm thinking "miracle".
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 28, 2016 at 19:00
  • Something like a factotum ex machina of the year? A jack of all trades perhaps?
    – m.a.a.
    Nov 28, 2016 at 19:05
  • @HotLicks "The impossible, we do straight away. Miracles take a little longer." Rather like this site, really.
    – Mick
    Nov 28, 2016 at 19:05

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A secret keeper, or one you can tell things in confidence, is a confidant, although this doesn't imply them doing a good job of things you ask of them.

As suggested by Mick in the comments, you could delegate tasks to your go-to-guy or go-to-girl or go-to-person.

Last one: your right-hand man or right-hand woman is your trusted helper. It implies similar things to "go-to", but typically is a more personable relationship, which is why I think it may be the best of these three.

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  • I like your last suggestion best. Was just going to type it in myself. You an rely on your right-hand man/woman for absolutely anything. Dec 29, 2016 at 16:50
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How about alter ego?

The Free Dictionary:

alter ego: a perfect substitute or deputy; a very close and trusted friend who seems almost a part of yourself

If you're lucky enough to have this kind of alter ego, you have someone you can fully trust, who cares about the quality of job they do for you (even if it's just an errand sometimes), and who does it as promptly as you would do it. It's as if you did it yourself, only better.

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  • Interesting that someone disliked this enough to downvote it -- not merely to not vote, but to downvote. It seems like a rather good answer to me. Nov 29, 2016 at 0:29
  • Sounds OK to me, Richard, I've just put it back up!
    – BoldBen
    Nov 29, 2016 at 6:34
  • @BoldBen Thanks. I was mainly trying to understand the objection, which is hard to do without feedback. Nov 29, 2016 at 13:02
  • I did not downvote, but I've never heard or seen alter ego used in this sense, which may be why one would be opposed? Typically when I read "alter ego" I think of an alternate personality (eg. Peter Parker's alter-ego is Spiderman).
    – monoRed
    Nov 30, 2016 at 15:33
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You should consider (man/girl) Friday!

TFD:

man Friday
n. pl. men Friday or men Fridays

An efficient, faithful male aide or employee.
[After Friday, a character in Robinson Crusoe, a novel by Daniel Defoe.]

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

girl Friday
n. Informal

An efficient and faithful woman aide or employee.
[girl + (man) Friday.]

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Wikipedia:

Friday is one of the main characters of Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. Robinson Crusoe names the man, with whom he cannot at first communicate, Friday because they first meet on that day. The character is the source of the expression "Man Friday", used to describe a male personal assistant or servant, especially one who is particularly competent or loyal. Current usage also includes "Girl Friday".

The term Man Friday has become an idiom, still in mainstream usage, to describe an especially faithful servant or one's best servant or right-hand man. The female equivalent is Girl Friday.

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Perhaps you could say a lifeline, though it may sound like "Who Wants to be a Millionaire".

If I don't know how to do something, Wiki-How is my lifeline.

Or

Sarah is my lifeline for free things from Gap.

Maybe...

"What is the definition of lifeline?"
"Um...I don't know! I'll go with my lifeline!"

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