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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?

at second hand

Not from the original source. Are you sure that Susie and Bill are selling their house? I mean, you only heard that at second hand from Anita.
See also: hand, second

at second hand

Received from some source other than the original. For example, I learned of Mary's divorce at second hand. This phrase may be applied to information or to previously owned merchandise. [1400s] Also see at first hand.
See also: hand, second

at second hand

by hearsay rather than direct observation or experience.
See also: hand, second
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Exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful, even if you are exposed to small levels, according to the Office of the Surgeon General.
He said: Breathing in secondhand smoke is harmful to people from all age groups, but children are especially vulnerable as their lungs are still developing and they breathe faster than adults, so inhale more of the harmful poisons.
Other public places where secondhand smoke was present were government buildings at 13 percent; schools at 11 percent; and healthcare facilities at 4 percent.
According to CVS Health, the ultimate goal of controlling tobacco consumption as the biggest preventable cause of disease and death requires incremental progress on many fronts, including preventing exposure to secondhand smoke, especially among children.
They said the prices of secondhand sweaters and coats were being demanded Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 each, respectively while prices of used leather jacket were Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 each.
Researchers found that 26 percent of people exposed to varying levels of secondhand smoke had signs of coronary artery calcification (CAC), compared to 18.
Researchers found that the non-smokers who had been exposed to secondhand smoke forgot almost 20% more in the memory tests than those non-smokers not exposed.
An estimated 18% of children aged 3-11 years are regularly exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke inside the home, said Dr.
Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice.
This is the remarkable new development in the used car market as millions of motorists choose secondhand cars in preference to new during the recession.
Kia spokesman Andrew Sellars, says: "Just because you are buying secondhand doesn't mean you have to be treated as second class.
New developments, however, may stimulate another wave of asbestos litigation seeking to hold employers liable for the secondhand asbestos exposure of employees' household members.
Sales of secondhand motor vehicles in Japan slid 10.
Secondhand smoke is known to be associated with cardiovascular disease, which in turn is a known risk factor for dementia, but little research has examined the latter end point with regard to secondhand smoke.
The Japanese government has urged exporters of secondhand televisions and personal computer monitors to exert caution in shipping to Hong Kong any TVs and monitors which were manufactured more than five years ago, government officials said Saturday.