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first hand

Direct(ly) (as opposed to second hand, or from a source other than oneself). Often hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. As a teacher, I've seen first hand how reading can change children's lives. We were finally about to hear some first-hand accounts of what happened.
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(at) first ˈhand

from your own experience or knowledge, rather than from somebody else; directly: I know at first hand what it is like to be poor; we always had very little money at home.We have a first-hand account of the raid from a witness.
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Set to the music of Nat King Cole, the final piece is scheduled to premiere in 2013 or 2014, with three of his First Hand students also slated to perform.
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