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First things first

The most important task gets priority, as in I very much wanted to see that movie, but first things first—the paper’s due tomorrow. This adage was first recorded in 1545.


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  • First-time

    [furst-tahym] /ˈfɜrstˈtaɪm/ adjective 1. used, appearing, contending, etc., for the first time: a first-time candidate.

  • First-timer

    [furst-tahy-mer] /ˈfɜrstˈtaɪ mər/ noun 1. a person who does, experiences, or attends something for the first time.

  • First-water

    noun 1. (formerly) the highest degree of fineness in a diamond or other precious stone. Compare (def 13). 2. the finest quality; highest rank. noun 1. the finest quality of diamond or other precious stone 2. the highest grade or best quality 3. the most extreme kind: a fool of the first water

  • First-world

    noun 1. the major industrialized non-Communist nations, including those in Western Europe, the United States, Canada, and Japan.

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