Usage examples for firsthand

  1. Let the reader climb the stairs of some of the tenements in Elizabeth Street, or go through those in Union Street, Brooklyn, and he will get firsthand evidence. – Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train
  2. Strange, in that moment of intensely personal life, how her memory was suddenly flooded with impersonal impressions of childhood, little regarded at the time and long since forgotten, but now recurring to her with the authentic and uncontrovertible brilliance which only firsthand experiences in life can bring with them- all those families of her public- school mates, the plain, ugly homes in and out of which she had come and gone, with eyes apparently oblivious of all but childish interests, but really recording life- facts which now in her hour of need stretched under her feet like a solid pathway across an oozing marsh. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  3. Yes; as Larry the Bat he knew old Isaac, and he knew him not only personally but by firsthand reputation- he had heard the man cursed in blasphemous, whole- souled abandon by more than one crook who was in the old fence's toils. – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  4. How many settlers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland also were recruited from it, I know not; but the reader may have it at second- hand from me, as I had it at firsthand from my genealogist, that some Virginian names of the first quality originated in Whitechapel, which, in the colonizing times, was a region of high respectability, and not for generations afterwards the perlieu it became, and has now again somewhat ceased to be. – London Films by W.D. Howells
  5. The English Records from 1792 to 1814, for access to which I have to express my thanks to Lord Granville, form a body of firsthand authority of extraordinary richness, compass, and interest. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe