second hand

  1. hand marking seconds on a timepiece
  2. an intermediate person; used in the phrase `at second hand'
    he could learn at second hand from books
  1. from a source of previously owned goods
    I prefer to buy second hand
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How To Use second hand In A Sentence

  • In a recent whiparound survey of first recordings one had purchased on a discussion list, I mentioned that the first and only commercially-prepared open-reel tape I bought, second hand, was a recording of ANIARA and some of the music used in 2001. It was New to Me, Too
  • From there anything goes and it's perfectly possible - although in no way necessary - to spend as much on a barbecue as it is a second hand car.
  • This is Chris, his home computer, a guitar, some second hand drums, and several months of late nights whilst holding down the day job.
  • Julie Smith, regional sales director for Morris, said: "Buying a brand new home direct from a housebuilder is a lot simpler than buying a second hand property. Advice for first time buyers in Wolverhampton | Easier
  • The top plate is moveable in the second direction by the second handspike pushing the top plate.
  • The physician uses a stopwatch or a wristwatch with a second hand to time this activity.
  • Gentle reader, if you have never been in battle or captured by robbers, you needn't "hanker" for the experience, but take it as you would your clothing, "second hand. Shakspere, Personal Recollections
  • People must continually be reminded of the horrendous damage that tobacco inflicts on smokers and those who experience second hand smoke.
  • The extra referee behind the goal would have seen the goal and it would have solved the problem because the second handball was a blatant one. The Sun
  • The Cooper brothers' Sota Tractors business sells second hand Japanese rice farm tractors imported into Australia after being "remanufactured" in Vietnam. North Queensland Register - Front Page
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