second hand

[sek-uhnd hand for 1; sek-uhnd hand for 2, 3]
noun
1.
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
2.
an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman.
Idioms
3.
at second hand, from or through an intermediate source or means; secondhand: She had the news at second hand.

Origin:
1425–75 for def 3; 1750–60 for def 1; late Middle English

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second hand
 
n
hour hand Compare minute hand a pointer on the face of a timepiece that indicates the seconds

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second hand

see at second hand.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Take a close look at the numerals on the second hand indicator.
If you are not crafty, you should check out consignment shops for second hand
  costumes.
Such instruction even at second hand, will place you in quite an unusual
  position for forming a judgment.
Draw from the spring-head, and take not things at second hand.
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