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secondhand

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?

second hand

from another person or source, not directly from personal experience or observation. I wasn't present at the meeting. I heard about it at second hand. Frank tells stories about the Gulf War, but he got them second hand. He wasn't actually in the desert with the troops.
See also: hand, second
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for purpose, so a second hand electrical appliance should still work and your consumer rights would apply if the goods failed to operate.
Now a days, rates of second hand clothes have also increased by 25 to 50 percent as compared to the last year.
In the study involving 4,800 non-smoking women, the researchers found that those who were exposed to second hand smoke six or more hours per day as children and adults were at a greater risk of having difficulty getting pregnant and suffering one or more miscarriages.
In the first of a series of studies, AA Financial Services asked a sample of 2,000 motorists if they plan to replace their vehicle in the next 12 months and whether they will be buying new or second hand.
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Ailsa Rutter, acting director for Smoke Free North East said: "What we know now is passive second hand smoke is a hidden killer.
Research among 1,000 people showed more men than women visited charity shops, car boot sales and second hand shops.
Piles of second hand quilts, blankets and rugs are also up for sale here in the weekly markets with crowds of people can be seen bargaining with retailers.
Trading standards officers are giving the following advice to consumers who may be considering buying second hand goods.
19, 2006) from McMaster University concluded that exposure to second hand smoke increased the risk of heart attack in both former smokers and nonsmokers.
The sale of woollen clothes, particularly the second hand variety, has shoot up, various customers observed.
A prospective study from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston of 405 children undergoing outpatient surgical procedures found that airway complications during anesthesia or postanesthetic recovery were far more common in children subjected to second hand smoke exposure.
Nonsmokers with ragweed pollen allergy were exposed to second hand smoke and their nasal fluids were studies in new research from scientists at UCLA published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (www.
The used clothes are popular as Lunda bazaars can be found all over the country but now imported Chinese items are also sold with second hand items to make this business more profitable.
In January, the California Air Resources Board formally classified second-hand smoke as a toxic air contaminant that may cause and/or contribute to death or serious illness based on a comprehensive report on exposure and health effects of second hand smoke.