first-hand or firsthand

first-hand or firsthand
,first-`hand1 or first|hand [ ,fɜrst`hænd ] adjective
obtained directly from someone who is involved in something:
first-hand information
a. gained by doing something yourself:
first-hand experience
first-hand or firsthand
,first-`hand 2 or first|hand [ ,fɜrst`hænd ] adverb
in a direct way from someone who is involved in something:
I got it first-hand from Harry that he's being promoted.
a. in a direct way by doing something yourself:
He wants to see firsthand how the policies are affecting people.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • First-hand — a. Obtained directly from the first or original source; hence, without the intervention of an agent; of information; as, a firsthand report; firsthand information; firsthand knowledge. Syn: direct, original. [1913 Webster] One sphere there is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first|hand — «FURST HAND», adjective, adverb. from the original source; direct: »This is firsthand information (adj.). We got out information firsthand (adv.) …   Useful english dictionary

  • first-hand — I first hand UK / US or firsthand UK [ˌfɜː(r)stˈhænd] / US [ˌfɜrstˈhænd] adjective a) obtained directly from someone who is involved in something first hand information b) gained by doing something yourself first hand experience II first hand UK… …   English dictionary

  • first hand — also first hand, firsthand 1) ADJ: ADJ n First hand information or experience is gained or learned directly, rather than from other people or from books. School trips give children firsthand experience not available in the classroom. ADV: ADV… …   English dictionary

  • first·hand — /ˈfɚstˈhænd/ adj : coming directly from actually experiencing or seeing something He gave a firsthand account of the battle. She draws on firsthand experiences for her novel. compare ↑secondhand, see also at first hand at ↑first …   Useful english dictionary

  • First Hand (album) — Infobox Album Name = First Hand Type = studio Artist = Steven Curtis Chapman Released = 1987 Recorded = Genre = CCM, Country, Soft rock, Pop Length = 42:39 Label = Sparrow Records Producer = Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3|5… …   Wikipedia

  • first-hand — adjective her firsthand experience in grant writing Syn: direct, immediate, personal, hands on, experiential, empirical, evidence based, eye witness Ant: vicarious, indirect …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • at first hand — adverb from the original source; directly I heard this story firsthand • Syn: ↑firsthand * * * adverb : firsthand got the facts at first hand by going in person to the scene of the accident * * * at first hand Directly from the source …   Useful english dictionary

  • firsthand — (adj.) also first hand, first hand, 1690s, from the image of the first hand as the source or origin of something …   Etymology dictionary

  • firsthand — first′hand′ or first′ hand′ adv. 1) cvs from the first or original source; directly 2) of or pertaining to the first or original source 3) direct from the original source • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang