Definition of at first hand in US English:

at first hand


  • Directly or from personal experience.

    ‘scientists observed the process at first hand’
    • ‘I can recount endless examples that I have experienced at first hand.’
    • ‘They are the ones, after all, with most experience of nature at first hand, and their views deserve to be listened to.’
    • ‘It is felt that the Mobile Farm is the answer as it allows children to experience farm animals at first hand.’
    • ‘He had experienced this at first hand, from his own brother.’
    • ‘Four Laois men will hope to see at first hand what people in Ethiopia experience in their daily struggle to survive.’
    directly, immediately, personally, at first hand, from the original source, with one's own ears, with one's own eyes
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