At first

Initially, at the start, as in At first the berries were green, but when they ripened they turned bright red. [ Second half of 1500s ]


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  • At first sight

    the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision. an act, fact, or instance of seeing. one’s range of vision on some specific occasion: Land is in sight. a view; glimpse. mental perception or regard; judgment. something seen or worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London. Informal. something unusual, […]

  • At first hand

    Directly from the origin, without intervention or intermediary. For example, I prefer to hear his criticism at first hand, rather than having it passed on by my boss. This phrase uses hand in the sense of “person” (coming directly from one person). [ First half of 1700s ] Also see: at second hand

  • At full speed

    rapidity in moving, going, traveling, proceeding, or performing; swiftness; celerity: the speed of light; the speed of sound. relative rapidity in moving, going, etc.; rate of motion or progress: full speed ahead. full, maximum, or optimum rate of motion: The car gets to speed in just nine seconds. Automotive. a transmission gear ratio. Photography. Also […]

  • At full throttle

    Also called throttle lever. a lever, pedal, handle, etc., for controlling or manipulating a . . the throat, gullet, or windpipe, as of a horse. to stop the breath of by compressing the throat; strangle. to choke or suffocate in any way. to compress by fastening something tightly around. to silence or check as if […]

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