second, third, etc. hand
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?
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(at) second, third, etc. ˈhandby being told about something by somebody else who has seen it or heard about it, not by experiencing, seeing, etc. it yourself: I’m fed up of hearing about these decisions third hand!
See also: hand
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