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firsthand

[furst-hand] /ˈfɜrstˈhænd/
adverb
1.
from the first or original source:
We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the first or original source.
3.
direct from the original source:
firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Also, first-hand.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; first + hand
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British Dictionary definitions for first-hand

first-hand

adjective, adverb
1.
from the original source; direct or directly: first-hand news, he got the news first-hand
2.
at first hand, from the original source; directly
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firsthand

adj.

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

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