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or first-hand

[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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  • I hoped in this way to get some first-hand information about the feminine side of affairs.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • Certainly I learned less of his ways from first-hand knowledge.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Here, on the other hand, is a case of which I have direct and first-hand knowledge.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • Mr. Steffens came to the subject with a first-hand knowledge of politics.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • What a difference some first-hand experience with what you were talking about, did make with what you said.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
British Dictionary definitions for first-hand


adjective, adverb
from the original source; direct or directly: first-hand news, he got the news first-hand
at first hand, from the original source; directly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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