- 1(Of goods) having had two previous owners: a thirdhand dinner suitMore example sentences
- Mine was a dreadful affair with third-hand badges badly sewn on and once I was summoned to see Miss Gillies about it.
- It might be third-hand with 135,000 miles on the clock, but it's still a nice car.
- Brad looked around his extremely messy apartment, filled with third-hand furniture, pizza boxes and scattered personal items.
- 2(Of information) acquired from or via several intermediate sources and consequently not authoritative or reliable: the accounts are third-hand, told years after the eventMore example sentences
- It is not an easy task; we often hear second or third-hand information.
- We listen to third-hand hearsay about the woman in the flat below or some friend of a friend currently manning the hospital barricades
- Meanwhile they continue to publish more third-hand hearsay from the British insurance industry.
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- From or via several intermediate sources: I heard about the case thirdhandMore example sentences
- This comes to me third-hand, and its veracity is possibly a bit suspect.
- Two days were set aside to hear from journalists who had not been present on the day but had reported the story third-hand.
- Most got their ‘evidence’ about Africans and non-Europeans second and third-hand from the actual conquerors and enslavers.
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