At second hand
Secondhand Sec"ond*hand`, a. 1. Not original or primary; received from another; as, secondhand information. [1913 Webster +PJC]

They have but a secondhand or implicit knowledge. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. Not new; already or previously possessed or used by another; as, a secondhand book, garment. [1913 Webster]

{At second hand}. See {Hand}, n., 10. [1913 Webster]


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  • At second hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at second hand — ► at second hand by hearsay rather than direct observation or experience. Main Entry: ↑second hand …   English terms dictionary

  • at second hand — adverb : through an intermediary : indirectly got all his information at second hand rather than from original sources * * * at second hand 1. Through an intermediate source, indirectly 2. By hearsay • • • Main Entry: ↑second * * * by hearsay… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at second hand — idi through an intermediate source: news heard at second hand[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • at second hand — by hearsay rather than direct observation or experience. → second hand …   English new terms dictionary

  • at second hand — used, in used condition …   English contemporary dictionary

  • At any hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • At first hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • At no hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at third hand — adverb : from a thirdhand source : in thirdhand condition : through more than one intermediary an account that was as unreliable as most information got at third hand * * * (at) second, third, etc. ˈhand idiom by being told about sth by sb else… …   Useful english dictionary

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