a) Direct, without intermediate stages.

firsthand knowledge

b) Brand new, as opposed to used or secondhand.

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  • firsthand — [adj] direct eyewitness, immediate, primary, straight, straight from the horse’s mouth*; concept 267 Ant. hearsay, impersonal, indirect …   New thesaurus

  • firsthand — [fʉrst′hand′] adj., adv. from the original producer or source; direct …   English World dictionary

  • firsthand — 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

  • firsthand — adjective Date: 1748 obtained by, coming from, or being direct personal observation or experience < a firsthand account of the war > • firsthand adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • firsthand — /ferrst hand /, adv. 1. from the first or original source: We heard the news of the accident firsthand from a witness. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the first or original source. 3. direct from the original source: firsthand knowledge of the riot.… …   Universalium

  • firsthand — adverb /fɜstˈhænd/ (say ferst hand) 1. from or at the first or original source; directly: *NSW Premier Bob Carr will today view firsthand the devastation caused by a bushfire that razed 10 homes in Sydney s south –aap news, 2002. –adjective… …   Australian English dictionary

  • firsthand — {adj.} Fresh; genuine; from the original source. * /John says he got the information firsthand from the president himself./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • firsthand — adj Fresh; genuine; from the original source. John says he got the information firsthand from the president himself …   Словарь американских идиом

  • firsthand — directly I learned the news from him firsthand …   Idioms and examples

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