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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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  • He experienced betrayal and back-stabbing firsthand.
  • It would be a sucker's bet to venture that few, if any, of them have firsthand experience with military procurement.
  • Collectors these days tend to be interested in both beauty and behavior, which they sometimes discover firsthand.
  • Instead, it's a comprehensive experiential mode that lets you perceive and do things firsthand.
  • We do it for the enormous satisfaction one achieves in learning firsthand something new about our planet and our universe.
  • Take a family vacation and learn about sustainable development firsthand.
  • My approach to writing about a subject is to fly there to see the subject firsthand.
  • We see firsthand what developers are doing to the island and it is awful.
  • But seeing all this firsthand mainly gives a more detailed confirmation of the impression they already had.
  • They'll witness firsthand the fact that the animal does not want to die.
Word Origin and History for firsthand
adj.

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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