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firsthand

or first-hand

[furst-hand]
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adverb
  1. from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.
adjective
  1. of or relating to the first or original source.
  2. direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.

Origin of firsthand

First recorded in 1690–1700; first + hand
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Word Origin and History for first hand

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

Idioms and Phrases with first hand

first hand

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