At the outset



Also, from the outset. At the start, from the start. For example, He wanted to explain his position from the outset, but there wasn’t time, or At the outset the problem seemed simple, but then it became quite complicated. The noun outset is rarely heard today except in these phrases. [ Mid-1700s ]

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    the outer , surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting. the external aspect or appearance. the space without or beyond an enclosure, institution, boundary, etc.: a prisoner about to resume life on the outside. a position away or farther away from the inside or center: The horse on the outside finished […]

  • At the point of

    a sharp or tapering end, as of a dagger. a projecting part of anything: A point of land juts into the bay. a tapering extremity: the points of the fingers. something having a sharp or tapering end: a pen point. a pointed tool or instrument, as an etching needle. a stone implement with a tapering […]



  • At the ready

    completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready. duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose: The mechanic called to say that the car is ready. willing: ready to forgive. prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc. proceeding from […]

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