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firsthand

or first-hand

[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 relating to the first or original source.
3.
direct from the original source:
firsthand knowledge of the riot.
Origin of firsthand
1690-1700
1690-1700; first + hand
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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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