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thirdhand

1. adverb Indirectly, as opposed to from the original source. But I heard thirdhand, 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 thirdhand gossip! Who was in the meeting and can tell us what really happened?
3. adjective Describing an item that one has obtained after two previous owners. Try to pretend that this isn't a thirdhand dress and gush about how good it looks on me!
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But her husband's life, being written by a third hand, gives a full account of them both, how long they lived together in that country, and how they both came to England again, after about eight years, in which time they were grown very rich, and where she lived, it seems, to be very old, but was not so extraordinary a penitent as she was at first; it seems only that indeed she always spoke with abhorrence of her former life, and of every part of it.
With a mournful shake of the head, as if that would be quite a superfluous entreaty, Helena lovingly kissed her two hands to her friend, and her friend's two hands were kissed to her; and then she saw a third hand (a brown one) appear among the flowers and leaves, and help her friend out of sight.
On a third hand, I've friends who are teaching assistants, nurses and council workers at the end of their tethers because of the cuts and pay freeze.
On the third hand, it's hard to know how stable the exchange system will really be in 2017, or what would happen if the exchange system suddenly went poof in, say, June, when more information about form and rate filings becomes available.
On the third hand, maybe this is an early sign that the United States is over, and that its government should shut down, because pretending that we have a country functional enough to make good on business obligations, or to send out paychecks, is foolish.
Until now, the risks of this exposure known as 'third hand tobacco smoke' have been highly uncertain and not considered in public policy, but the latest findings indicate potentially severe long-term consequences, particularly to children, through non-dietary ingestion and dermal exposure to third hand smoke.
This makes the device to come with the usual two hand dial that tells the hour and minute though it's the third hand that serves special purposes.
What happens is: you turn the wrench, the bushing moves, the plug becomes mostly "uncaptured," and, unless you have a third hand, it often goes "sprong" and launches itself.
Many children are exposed to second and third hand smoke.
In the PNAS paper, Destaillats and his co-authors suggest various ways to limit the impact of the third hand smoke health hazard, starting with the implementation of 100 percent smoke-free environments in public places and self-restrictions in residences and automobiles.
A resourceful study into the effect of third hand smoke upon the risk for genetic mutations in fruit flies won the top Addiction Science Award at this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest science competition for high school students.
Trying to explain these hands to a child is a semantic nightmare - 'The hour hand is the first hand, the second hand is the minute hand, and the third hand is the second hand.
Sometimes you need a third hand to hold a flashlight when you're working in tight spots or in the dark.
On the third hand (I told you this was a mixed up situation), a significant number of castings required by those OEMs that no longer machine parts in-house are sourced through machine shops, and metalcasters must weigh the pros and cons of competing against potential customers.
ELAINE Gordon, of Cramlington, asked: "Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand?
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