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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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UserVue is a fast, affordable and easy-to-use research solution so organizations can understand first hand how, and especially why, customers choose to interact with applications and Web sites," said Shane Lovellette, User Experience Product Manager at TechSmith.
My career in public safety enabled me to evaluate first hand the need for greatly improved communications tools for first responders.
I have used the Rheolog extensively as a research device and witnessed first hand its power in helping diagnose a number of subclinical conditions of cardio- and cerebro-vascular disease.
The system design, prototypes and final product were a result of having the opportunity to hear first hand the problem and to jointly design a solution.
In pursuit of that goal, Departures enlisted more than 50, primarily China-based, contributors--writers, photographers, and other experts on the country--to cover first hand this rapidly changing and evolving nation.
Had we not ourselves observed first hand the size, location and drilling activity on SAR's property in the Republic of South Africa, the healthy dose of skepticism we harbored prior to our due-diligence visit would likely have been insurmountable.
Videographers become good at what they're doing when they are exposed to the innovations in the field, see the equipment first hand, and have the opportunity to ask questions and network with other videographers," says Matt York, founder and publisher of Videomaker magazine.
amp; Entertainment be able to encounter three days of keynotes, educational sessions, exhibits and receptions, now they can test first hand two of the most innovative, convenient technologies available," said Steve Largent, President & CEO of CTIA.