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secondhand

1. adverb Indirectly, as opposed to from the original source. But I heard secondhand, so who knows if that information is actually true.
2. adjective Describing information that has been learned indirectly, as opposed to from the original source. I can't trust this secondhand gossip! Who was in the meeting and can tell us what really happened?

at second hand

Not from the original source. Are you sure that Susie and Bill are selling their house? I mean, you only heard that at second hand from Anita.
See also: hand, second

at second hand

Received from some source other than the original. For example, I learned of Mary's divorce at second hand. This phrase may be applied to information or to previously owned merchandise. [1400s] Also see at first hand.
See also: hand, second

at second hand

by hearsay rather than direct observation or experience.
See also: hand, second
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Wearing and trading in second-hand clothes is not only about trade but also human dignity, decency and a sense of self-pride.
If you buy second-hand goods a shop, you have the same rights as when you buy new goods
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Data from the Philippine Cancer Society revealed that 3,000 Filipinos die of lung cancer each year because of second-hand smoke.
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Bulgarian Defense Minister Anyu Angelov defended recently the Portuguese offer by saying that the MiG-29s of the Bulgarian Air Force were bought as second-hand planes in the 1980s, and that since planes are supposed to be modernized every 1-3 years, "it's not important when the plane was made but how much life it has.
It has also indicated that second-hand smoke could lead to serious illnesses, such as meningitis, and babies face an increased risk of cot death.
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Under Cypriot law, the full amount of registration tax on the transfer and registration of a second-hand motor vehicle from another member state is applied, regardless of the age or the mileage of the vehicle.
Soaring petrol prices have had Brits rushing to buy diesels in order to save on fuel bills and road tax - in fact 2011 saw half of all new car sales in the UK oil powered with increasing numbers of people clamouring for second-hand examples.
THE government has launched an advertising campaign on the "hidden dangers" of second-hand smoke to young children.
The Government will today launch an advertising campaign on the "hidden dangers" of second-hand smoke to young children.
But this will only happen if children's exposure to second-hand smoke does not reduce as a result of a mix of stop smoking interventions and campaigns.
Washington, May 3 (ANI): A study has found that exposure to second-hand smoke has a direct, measurable impact on the brain, and that the effect is similar to what happens in the smoker's brain.