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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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