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[furst-hand] /ˈfɜrstˈhænd/
from the first or original source:
We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
of or relating to the first or original source.
direct from the original source:
firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Origin of firsthand
1690-1700; first + hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • New mysteries unfolded with the opportunity to study pirate character at first hand.
  • Would be fantastic to witness first hand if it were ever to be possible.
  • But as you say, none of us has witnessed this first hand in the ocean.
  • Maybe you guys should all take a breath and ask someone who has first hand experience with fracking.
  • The idea is that they should learn about problems and concerns at first hand.
  • Politicians are too scared by looming elections to do anything about it, as he has seen at first hand.
  • As importantly, though, the artist has to be able to withstand the emotional trauma of seeing violence at first hand.
  • There is a counter point: you can only learn better when you feel the pinch first hand.
  • So, first hand reports are best from people really doing it.
  • Part of the reason is lack of first hand information so your post helps.
Word Origin and History for first hand



also first-hand, first hand, 1690s, from the image of the "first hand" as the source or origin of something.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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first hand

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