Definition of 'at first'
Example sentences containing 'at first'
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At first we just smiled but then we got talking one day. The Sun (2016)At first glance it just looks like a bright dress. The Sun (2016)At first my wife denied it - but then she admitted it. The Sun (2016)At first they just tasted like a flower, then erupted with intensity and heat. The Sun (2016)At first they were just as puzzled as I was. Times, Sunday Times (2016)At first this person seems bossy but is just hiding a caring heart. The Sun (2012)But they were offered an outbuilding which they at first thought was used to store tools. The Sun (2015)The marriage at first was a happy and prosperous one. Vanity Fair (1837)Iwas too scared to wear it at first just because of the cost. Times, Sunday Times (2010)My wife was shocked at first but now wants us to try it. The Sun (2016)At first the police used tear gas. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It just felt like a bug at first but just got worse and worse. The Sun (2012)His wife at first denied it was her. Times, Sunday Times (2012)At first he used a grid given to me at the hospital by a nurse. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He thought at first she was just playing. Times, Sunday Times (2012)At first the wife finds this a thrill. Times, Sunday Times (2009)At first we just flirted then he asked me to meet in a pub. The Sun (2009)At first my wife laughed it off. The Sun (2014)At first this was just a gloriously dangerous game. The Sun (2012)At first his wife agreed to the operation. Times, Sunday Times (2006)At first it seems just a matter of dead bones. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)The average age for men at first marriage was the mid-twenties. America Past and Present (1995)At first our marriage was happy, we had a nice life. The Sun (2006)At first his marriage to Reynolds only enhanced his popularity. Times, Sunday Times (2010)At first, the marriage seems an unlikely combination. The Sun (2016)Knowing of his recent marriage, at first Sophia refused. COURTESANS (2003)
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