second hand

[sek-uh nd hand for 1; sek-uh nd hand for 2, 3]
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. second estate,
  2. second fiddle,
  3. second floor,
  4. second generation,
  5. second growth,
  6. second heart sound,
  7. second home,
  8. second intention,
  9. second international,
  10. second language

Idioms

    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 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 second hand

second hand

see at second hand.

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