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Definition received directly from the original source; or experienced in person
  • I heard this story firsthand.
  • I experienced cancer firsthand.
  • He was fine while he was studyin' outta books but then he took a year off ter get some firsthand experience....
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • firsthand = experienced in person
  • Percy understood firsthand just how much strength that must have taken.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • She understood, firsthand, what her clients were feeling.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Not even Carol knows firsthand how it feels to be hurt in such a way by someone who's supposed to protect you.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I saw that firsthand, too many times.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • You seem to forget, mi amor, that the museum is just five minutes away and everyone shows up there wanting to hear the story, firsthand.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • It happened too quickly for me to panic, but I had a firsthand glance of just how dangerous running away with the story can be.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • Fidel Ruiz (on the ground being attended by medical personnel below left) learned firsthand just how fast.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • 'If you can make it convenient to let go a moment, sir,' returned Mr Flintwinch, 'I'll first hand Mr Arthur a little note that I have for him.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • "Deal the first hand," Redd ordered.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • From some firsthand reports I've heard, I believe that he has used guided missiles against warships sent after his brigands.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • You know first-hand what it's like to be the subject of a media campaign.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Like most of his generation, Hemingway learned irony early, then met it firsthand in the war as he watched youth meet death on a daily basis.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I've seen a nuclear explosion firsthand.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I mean, like, you saw evil firsthand.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Every man who had heard the tales, but not witnessed firsthand the splitting of Heafstaag's great axe, was anxious to see the weapon in action.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Perhaps so; and I have an excuse, for mine would not be the first hand of a man that has been placed upon you, I imagine.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I witnessed it firsthand, when he offered to give me a tour of the camp.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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