[sek-uh nd hand for 1; sek-uh nd hand 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
1425–75 for def 3; 1750–60 for def 1; late Middle English
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Examples from the Web for second-hand
But the amount of second-hand evidence, Vieira says, is too great to believe that nothing more solid will show up.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid
November 13, 2014
When I was ten, I saved enough money to buy a second-hand book called Tarzan of the Apes.How I Write: Jane Goodall
April 9, 2014
The ground floors are occupied by shops of second-hand dealers, and by iron workers.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
For warmth she wore some kind of white fur wrap she had found months ago at a second-hand store in New York.Life Imitates Patriots: Inaugural Version
January 20, 2013
The defense objected to the second-hand testimony and the nine-man, seven-woman jury was ushered from the room.The Man Who Confronted Edwards About His Dangerous Infidelity Game
May 5, 2012
I do not think they find their way much into the second-hand shops.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Your mother's watch, which you had intended to take, had no second-hand.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
That is why we have no public libraries and no trade in second-hand books.City of Endless Night
And several pieces of devotion have been put in, bought on purpose at second-hand.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
It would be loving him second-hand—not because of himself, seen and known by yourself.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
- previously owned or used
- not from an original source or experience
- dealing in or selling goods that are not newa second-hand car dealer
- from a source of previously owned or used goodshe prefers to buy second-hand
- not directlyhe got the news second-hand
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Word Origin and History for second-hand
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with second-hand
see at second hand.
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