Definition of 'first'
Example sentences containing 'first'
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The first series began with a certain amount of promise. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Now she may well be forced to abandon it as one of her first acts in office. Times, Sunday Times (2016)These clubs are very feminine and put female enjoyment first. The Sun (2017)The first thing to do is to think hard about whether it is really necessary. Times, Sunday Times (2016)His victim landed head first and suffered face and skull fractures. The Sun (2016)The data experts also predict for the first time the number of patients who can expect to survive a decade. The Sun (2016)Students who move away from home for the first time and are unaware they need a licence could also benefit. The Sun (2017)While some looked forward to that first wild week, just as many dreaded it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I had two or three players in the first half and sometimes players disappoint managers. The Sun (2016)New police officers will need to have university degrees for the first time under one of the most radical overhauls of the service in generations. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This is infinitely more wearying than it was in the first series. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Grade inflation sees the number of firsts rise significantly without clear evidence of improvement in scholarship. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The first one came from watching my husband practice his sermon in front of the bedroom mirror. Christianity Today (2000)Not very edifying but he would not be the first player to have gone to such extremes. The Sun (2013)She was tipped to become one of the first female bishops had the change gone through. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The first thing you need to do is measure your bladder capacity. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She seemed to think it was natural for her to go forward first. THE DOG LISTENER: Learning the Language of your Best Friend (2002)Thoughts of retirement first entered his head almost a year earlier. Times, Sunday Times (2015)You want to be on the pitch first and foremost. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It was five weeks before the first evidence was heard. Times, Sunday Times (2013)These people know film is first and foremost a visual medium. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This is a woman who has put her career first and does not mind admitting it. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The first job will be to check the fridge. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The first person you need to have a relationship with is yourself. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This first part of ten is pumped with intrigue and highly promising. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It was a terribly stressful time and put paid to my first marriage. Times, Sunday Times (2006)As first home from work, he cooks dinner. Times, Sunday Times (2014)While it was a buzz at first, the job took its toll. The Sun (2013)Tickets are subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis. The Sun (2010)His first wife was barely 50 when she died of cancer. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In New York the first person not suffering from any other condition has died. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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