second-hand

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

second-hand
 
adj
1.  previously owned or used
2.  not from an original source or experience
3.  dealing in or selling goods that are not new: a second-hand car dealer
 
adv
4.  from a source of previously owned or used goods: he prefers to buy second-hand
5.  not directly: he got the news second-hand

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