American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Acquired from or through two intermediate sources: a thirdhand report.
- adj. Previously used by two other owners.
- adj. Dealing in merchandise previously used by two other owners.
- adj. Having been relayed by two intermediate sources.
- adj. Having had two previous owners.
- adv. By two intermediates.
- adj. derived from what is primary or original by two intermediate steps
- adv. by doubly indirect means
- third + hand (Wiktionary)
“The heavily redacted text, however, refers to thirdhand information from a source who claimed Monroe's ex-husband, baseball great Joe DiMaggio, offered $25,000 in 1965 for a film that someone else claimed showed Monroe having sex.”
“(Bloomberg) - Tobacco smoke contamination lingering on furniture, clothes and other surfaces, dubbed thirdhand smoke, may react with indoor air chemicals to form potential cancer-causing substances, a study found.”
“And although recent studies have raised the possibility that another source of tobacco exposure known as thirdhand smoke, which involves physical tobacco residue that may remain on the clothing and hair of smokers, could be contributing to the higher cotinine levels among these children, Wilson says that exposure is also unlikely to explain the entire amount recorded in the subjects of her study.”
“Winickoff JF, et al. Beliefs about the health effects of "thirdhand" smoke and home smoking bans.”
“All day, I heard stories like this, first-, second- and thirdhand, about the fears and uncertainty that HB 56 has generated--not just among adults but among children, and many of them U.S. citizen children at that.”
“Here, books – first, second- and thirdhand – line the walls, and floors, stacked in no particular order, with shelves on the patio outside the front door.”
“Here, books â" first, second- and thirdhand â" line the walls, and floors, stacked in no particular order, with shelves on the patio outside the front door.”
“But it is likely the Rosenbergs were only given the death penalty because the secrets they passed on—primitive thirdhand versions of secrets—were atomic.”
“You hear about fantastic networking opportunities second - or thirdhand.”
“Currently prisoners can be held at Guantanamo based solely on secondhand or even thirdhand reports of their hostile activity, and they don't have the right to challenge the government's informants in court.”
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