from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A hand for marking seconds on a clock or watch.
- Received from another or a previous owner or user.
- Not new; having been used or worn: as, a second-hand book; second-hand clothes.
- Dealing in second-hand goods: as, a secondhand bookseller.
- noun Matter derived from previous users.
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- adjective Alternative spelling of
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He cleaned the grave out, procured some reddle and water, brushed the bricks over with it, and informed the person that he had a most excellent _second-hand grave to sell as good as new_, and if she thought it would suit her poor departed friend, would let her have it at half the price of a new one: this was too good an offer to be rejected; but Jemmy found, on measuring the coffin, that his second-hand grave was too short, and consequently was obliged to dig the earth away from the end of the grave and beat the bricks in with a beetle, before it would admit its new tenant.
There should be a burka tax; tax the buying of burkas, tax the income of husbands of women who wear burkas; impose annual licensing fees on burkas along with number plates – paid for by the husbands; track burkas with street cameras and impose a burka surcharge tax on burka wearers entering public places where people may be traumatised by second-hand burka claustrophobia.
The dismantling of a second-hand bookstore; also, zombies
My friends had a lovely second-hand bookstore called City Basement Books.
On Saturday, I helped take apart a second-hand bookstore.
Today I tried a trawl through the bookshops of Belfast, but was very disappointed; lean pickings in Waterstone's and Forbidden Planet, and most of the second-hand shops have gone; every single one of the cluster of about half a dozen from Harry Hall's in Smithfield down to the arcade in North Street has closed.
They were easy enough to acquire second-hand, and I read them on my travels over the last week.
Rumor that I heard second-hand, but from a reliable source, supports Teddy.
If you tend to buy a lot of second-hand books, the places to go are AddAll and Bookfinder - both do worldwide searches, and both include the Amazon providers and others who may do the same books but cheaper.
One day, looking over a second-hand bookstall with Minna, she opened a snuffy volume that had English poems in it.