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Definition of Secondhand


  1. Not original or primary; received from another.
  2. Not new; already or previously or used by another; as, a secondhand book, garment.

Secondhand Quotations

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.
Warren Bennis

Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.
Mark Twain

A secondhand wardrobe hand clothes doesn't make one an artist. Neither do a hair-trigger temper, melancholic nature, propensity for tears, hating your parents, or HIV. I hate to say it - none of these make one an artist. They can help, but just as being gay doesn't make one witty... the only thing that makes one an artist is making art.
David Rakoff

Publishers, naturally, loathe used books and have developed strategies to depress the secondhand market. They bring out new, even more expensive editions of popular textbooks every three to four years, in a classic cycle of planned obsolescence.
James Surowiecki

You have to like the present; if not your life becomes secondhand, if you think it was better before. Or that it will be better in the future.
Karl Lagerfeld
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Secondhand Translations

secondhand in Dutch is tweedehands
secondhand in Spanish is de segunda mano
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