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first come, first servedPeople will be dealt with in the order they arrive.
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first things firstDeal with matters of highest priority first; deal with matters in logical sequence.1922, H. G. Wells, The Secret Places of the Heart, ch.4,"First things first," said Sir Richmond. If we set about getting fuel sanely, if we do it as the deliberate, co-operative act of the whole species, then it follows that we shall look very closely into the use that is being made of it.1999, Frank Pellegrini, "House Republicans Quell Mutiny Over Tax Bounty," Time, 23 Jul.,Judging by the polls
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centre halffootballer
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half a dozensix
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half a mindA moderate inclination.
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half hourperiod of 30 minutes
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half nelsonwrestling hold
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half-bakedPartially cooked by heating in an oven.
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other halfA spouse.
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baker's half dozenSeven, a group of seven.
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not half badPretty good; okay; decent.
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go off half-cockedTo take a premature or ill-considered action.
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hell and half of georgiaA very large region; everywhere.
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all over hell's half acreAll over the place; everywhere.
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six of one, half dozen of anotherIt makes no difference, they're still the same.
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well begun is half doneMuch depends on the beginning of an endeavor.
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at firstInitially; at the start.
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first aidemergency medical treatment
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first classexcellent
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first loserSecond place.
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first loserThe second place finisher in auto racing competition.
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first nightplay's opening
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first rateSuperb, exceptional; of the best sort; very high quality.
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ladies firstA phrase encouraging polite gentlemanliness, allowing the ladies to go before the men.
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elizabeth the firstthe virgin queen
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first among equalsA person or position that if formally equivalent to others in a group, but is superior in some attribute.
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first among equalsIn the British and other parliamentary systems, a term used to describe the relationship of the prime minister to the other members of the cabinet.
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first of allFirstly; before anything else.
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cast the first stoneTo act self-righteously in accusing another person, believing that one is blameless.
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first port of callThe first place to go to start a process.
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first port of callThe first port that a vessel calls in at after the start of a voyage.
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in the first placeTo begin with; earlier; first; at the start.
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shoot first and ask questions laterTo act boldly.
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shoot first and ask questions laterTo take action with serious consequences without delay, preserving the benefit of surprise by not providing indication of one's intent.
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hey jimmie! , gimme first 'dibs' on that coke!Save a last sip from your Cola for ME, another individual; . . . . . Lemme have 'second-dibs' on Your Coca Cola, JIM
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six of one, half a dozen of the otherThe two alternatives are equivalent or indifferent; it doesn't matter which one we choose.
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pinch and a punch for the first of the monthSaid the first day of a new month, accompanied by a pinch and a punch to the victim.
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come aroundTo change one's mind, especially to begin to agree or appreciate what one was reluctant to accept at first.
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bat aroundWhen at least nine batters bat in a half inning.
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cast onTo start the first row of knitting by putting stitches on a needle.
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kick offTo make the first kick in a game or part of a game.
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tee offTo hit the first shot of the hole.
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a leopard cannot change its spotsOne cannot change one's own nature.1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio):King. Lyons make Leopards tame.Mowbray. Yea but not change his ?pots.1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23:Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32:End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be.1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment:The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.
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a pull of the hair for being unfairThe general response to "A kick and a flick for being so quick", which is in turn a response in itself to "A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month".
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a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go downAn otherwise unpleasant situation can be pleasant when a pleasant aspect is deliberately introduced.1999, Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253335833, page 372,One is known as the "sweetening parable," that is to say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Thus, when the aim is to preach to the people, to guide them along the "bitter," arduous path of upholding burdensome precepts and prohibitions, a tale can lighten the load, make the "medicine" easier "to swallow."2001, Maureen Reagan, First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir, Little, Brown, ISBN 0316736368, page 319,It put some fun into the tedious business of preparing for a presidential debate. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?2004, John Hoover, How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive... Without Killing Your Boss, Career Press, ISBN 1564147045, page 11,If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a barrel of laughs can wash down the big pills you might need to swallow.
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a whopper-dooperPrize Winning, Top Banana, First Rate, First Class, Winner, Great, Glorious, Grand, Super Duper. Superlative.
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across the boardA racing bet where one bets that the same competitor will place in first, second and third.
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ash wednesdayfirst day of lent
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bat a thousandTo reach first base on every at-bat.
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big breakA breakthrough, especially the first big hit of a previously unknown performer or performers in the entertainment industry.
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