second hand
I. noun Date: 15th century an intermediate person or means ; intermediary — usually used in the phrase at second hand II. noun Date: 1759 the hand marking seconds on a timepiece

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  • second-hand — ˌsecond ˈhand adjective not new, and having one or more previous owners; = pre owned AmE; USED: • Imported second hand vehicles could eat into the demand for new cars. second hand adverb : • The solution for small businesses may be to buy their… …   Financial and business terms

  • second-hand — sec|ond|hand [ˌsekəndˈhænd] adj 1.) second hand things are not new when you get them, because they were owned by someone else before you ▪ second hand clothes ▪ a second hand car secondhand store/shop etc (=a shop that sells second hand things) 2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second-hand — sec|ond|hand [ˌsekəndˈhænd] adj 1.) second hand things are not new when you get them, because they were owned by someone else before you ▪ second hand clothes ▪ a second hand car secondhand store/shop etc (=a shop that sells second hand things) 2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second hand — second .hand1 n the long thin piece of metal that points to the seconds on a clock or watch second hand 2 second hand2 adv 1.) if you get something second hand, it is not new and has been used by other people before get/buy sth second hand ▪ We… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second hand — second .hand1 n the long thin piece of metal that points to the seconds on a clock or watch second hand 2 second hand2 adv 1.) if you get something second hand, it is not new and has been used by other people before get/buy sth second hand ▪ We… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second hand — is normally spelt as two words in uses such as heard at second hand, and is hyphened when used as an adjective (a second hand car) or adverbial phrase (They always buy second hand) …   Modern English usage

  • Second hand — Second Sec ond, n. 1. One who, or that which, follows, or comes after; one next and inferior in place, time, rank, importance, excellence, or power. [1913 Webster] Man An angel s second, nor his second long. Young. [1913 Webster] 2. One who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • second-hand — (izg. sèknd hȅnd) prid. [i]i[/i] pril. DEFINICIJA 1. koji se odnosi na već upotrijebljeno (odjeću, knjigu); ob. u vezama riječi u značenju koji je iz druge ruke; polovan, rabljen 2. pren. već viđeno, potrošeno, ponovljeno SINTAGMA second hand… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • second-hand — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB 1) (of goods) having had a previous owner; not new. 2) accepted on another s authority and not from original investigation. ● at second hand Cf. ↑at second hand …   English terms dictionary

  • second hand — n. 1. the hand that marks seconds on the face of a watch or clock 2. an intermediate person or thing: now only in (at) second hand, indirectly …   English World dictionary

  • second hand — noun count the HAND on some watches and clocks that points to seconds …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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