at second hand

second hand

[sek-uhnd hand for 1; sek-uhnd hand for 2, 3]
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman.
at second hand, from or through an intermediate source or means; secondhand: She had the news at second hand.

1425–75 for def 3; 1750–60 for def 1; late Middle English Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
second hand
hour hand Compare minute hand a pointer on the face of a timepiece that indicates the seconds

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Idioms & Phrases

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.

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