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second hand

[sek-uh nd hand for 1; sek-uh nd hand for 2, 3] /ˈsɛk ənd ˌhænd for 1; ˈsɛk ənd ˈhænd for 2, 3/
the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman.
at second hand, from or through an intermediate source or means; secondhand:
She had the news at second hand.
Origin of second hand
late Middle English
1425-75 for def 3; 1750-60 for def 1; late Middle English Unabridged
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  • 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.
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  • His info would not have come from directly within the search committee, but is second hand or even third hand.
  • Everything about it is either second best or second hand.
  • Complaining about the health issues of second hand smoke at an airport is demonstrating a complete inability to understand risk.
  • One minute, the second hand is moving at one speed, and the next it has sped up or slowed down.
  • He got his information the same way his colleagues from other news organizations did-at second hand.
British Dictionary definitions for second hand

second hand

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

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