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firsthand
used in The Remains of the Day

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Definition
received directly from the original source; or experienced in person
  • For it had occurred to me that the proposed trip in the car could be put to good professional use; that is to say, I could drive to the West Country and call on Miss Kenton in passing, thus exploring at first-hand the substance of her wish to return to employment here at Darlington Hall.
    Prologue (42% in)
  • It has never, of course, been my privilege to have seen such things at first-hand, but I will nevertheless hazard this with some confidence: the English landscape at its finest - such as I saw it this morning possesses a quality that the landscapes of other nations, however more superficially dramatic, inevitably fail to possess.
    1e — Day 1 - Evening (24% in)
  • The fact is, the most established, respected ladies and gentlemen in England were availing themselves of the hospitality of the German leaders, and I can vouch at first-hand that the great majority of these persons were returning with nothing but praise and admiration for their hosts.
    3m — Day 3 - Morning (66% in)

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