[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.
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dependent, subsidiary, resultant, auxiliary, subordinate, consequent, developed, eventual, indirect, proximate, subsequent, vicarious, derived, derivate, resulting, secondhand, used, worn, reach-me-down
- second estate,
- second fiddle,
- second floor,
- second generation,
- second growth,
- second heart sound,
- second home,
- second intention,
- second international,
- second language
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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