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first-hand

adjective
     
first-hand also first‧hand [only before noun]

first-hand experience/knowledge/account etc

experience etc that has been learned or gained by doing something yourself or by talking to someone yourself [↪ second-hand]:
journalists with first-hand experience of working in war zones
first-hand adverb:
experience gained first-hand

➔ (at) first hand

at first1 (8)

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