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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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We should observe, however, that this vicarious knowledge takes hold of us and transforms our own lives in an enduring way only when associated with some initial, first-hand, and interpretive experience of our own.
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He openly admits, however, that while others prefer to keep the workings of the Tax Commission shrouded in mystery, he encourage clients to join him at Tax Commission hearings to learn first-hand how tax reduction decisions are made.