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 /

noun

the hand that indicates the seconds on a clock or watch.
an assistant or helper, as to a worker or foreman.

Idioms for second hand

    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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British Dictionary definitions for at second hand

second hand

noun

a pointer on the face of a timepiece that indicates the secondsCompare hour hand, minute hand
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Idioms and Phrases with at second hand (1 of 2)

at second hand

Received from some source other than the original. For example, I learned of Mary's divorce at second hand. This phrase may be applied to information or to previously owned merchandise. [1400s] Also see at first hand.

Idioms and Phrases with at second hand (2 of 2)

second hand

see at second hand.

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