• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Second-hand inferior, not new
    • adj Second-hand received as it were from the hand of a second person: not new: that has been used by another
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  • Helen Rowland
    “Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.”
  • Ben Hecht
    Ben Hecht
    “Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. secundussequi, secutus, to follow.


In literature:

Don't want no second-hand rig, anyhow!
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
It certainly looks old enough to satisfy the most exacting of second-hand furniture shops.
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
When he filled her glass a second time, she half raised a hand from her lap to stop him.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Reading is, at best, only second-hand information and inspiration.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
Place the extended and separated index and second fingers of the right hand astraddle the extended forefinger of the left hand.
"Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes" by Garrick Mallery
Then it was that a strong hand grasped him, and a second later the same hand dealt him a violent blow on the face.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
The second-hand, warmed-over, renovated love and the new.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
On the other hand, new furniture or reproductions become merely second-hand pieces as soon as you have bought and put them to use.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
She was carrying a halter in her hand and talking of Four-Pound-the-Second.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
They were old, much worn, much torn, their backs long ago lost in some second-hand book-store.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory

In poetry:

Mallo lero iss im bo nero!
Him with the strong hand I will bring from the clover.
Mallo lero iss im bo baun!
"Girls Spinning" by Padraic Colum
"Oh, sir," I said, "a fortune grand
Is yours, by dint of merest chance, -
To sport HIS brow at second-hand,
To wear HIS cast-off countenance!
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A few yards from us the women were dressing.
Thus did I catch a glimpse
for only a second or two
of the nakedness of female bodies
as hands raised skirts above heads.
"Place of Pilgrimage" by Jaroslav Seifert
When you lie with me and love me,
You give me a second life of young gold;
And when you lie with me and love me not,
I am as one who puts out hands in the dark
And touches cold wet death.
"Micra" by Edward Powys Mathers
THEN Clytia took her leave, and gave her hand;
A proof his love no more she would withstand.
He kissed and bathed her fingers with his tears;
The second day grim death confirmed their fears:
"The Falcon" by Jean de La Fontaine
Yet, yet awhile, offended Saviour, pause,
In act to break
Thine outraged laws,
O spare Thy rebels for Thine own dear sake;
Withdraw Thine hand, nor dash to earth
The covenant of our second birth.
"Fifth Sunday After Easter - Rogation Sunday" by John Keble

In news:

Zak Showalter's two-handed dunk in traffic with 35 seconds left was the obvious highlight for Germantown in a game against Wauwatosa East that was hardly a work of art.
Second her teefusses is nasty, and so is her hand.
In his second season at Mount Vernon, Highnam brought a young Yellow Jackets squad to Hiland for a first-hand look at what he called one of the better D-IV teams around.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not backing down from his second-hand allegations that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years, but he still won't name his sources for the unproven claim.
The plague of second-hand smoke.
Forearm fractures are second only to the hand in occurrence for the most common fracture site in children under 12 years of age.
Kansas guard Ben McLemore elevates for a two-handed jam against Chattanooga during the second half on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Our daughter, Andrea, brought it home, clutched in her hand, when she was in second grade.
Second-hand clothing store to open in Briargate.
Delegate Ben Kramer introduced a new bill in Annapolis Friday that would make second hand smoke a nuisance in apartments, condos and town homes.
Second Hand 1987 Toyota Pickup.
The proposed changes requires from second hand dealers what some on council are calling unworkable.
Passengers at Dulles International Airport are getting a dose of second hand smoke, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report.
Channel 11 Uncovers Second-Hand Smoke Dangers.
We all know the dangers of cigarette smoke, but second-hand smoke may be just as dangerous.

In science:

To prove the upper bound of (5), recall that by assumption t0 is a simple root of (1), i.e., the second derivative of the left-hand size of (1) with respect to t is nonzero at t0 .
A Continuous-Discontinuous Second-Order Transition in the Satisfiability of Random Horn-SAT Formulas
Let us denote the first and second event appearing on the right hand side of (3.31) by A(δ) and B (δ) respectively.
Diffusion in a weakly random Hamiltonian flow
We can also assume that the second term on the right hand side of (3.52) is less than or equal to C T δγ1 .
Diffusion in a weakly random Hamiltonian flow
We claim that second term on the right hand side of (5.1) divided by √N converges to its mean in L2 .
Nonequilibrium Central Limit Theorem for a Tagged Particle in Symmetric Simple Exclusion
Now, the first term on the right hand side is small if R is large, the second is small if N is even larger.
Convergence in capacity