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 p-ssed 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 […]

  • At full tilt

    see: full tilt

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