from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
of or pertaining to the first or original source.
direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Also, first-hand.

1690–1700; first + hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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first hand

see at first hand.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
New mysteries unfolded with the opportunity to study pirate character at first
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.
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