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firsthand

or first-hand

[ furst-hand ]
/ ˈfɜrstˈhænd /
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adverb

from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness.

adjective

of or relating to the first or original source.
direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.

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Origin of firsthand

First recorded in 1690–1700; first + hand
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British Dictionary definitions for firsthand

first-hand

adjective, adverb

from the original source; direct or directlyfirst-hand news; he got the news first-hand
at first hand from the original source; directly
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Idioms and Phrases with firsthand

first hand

see at first hand.

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