first things first

first things first

1894 G. JACKSON (title) First things first; addresses to young men.

1920 W. RILEY Yorkshire Suburb 136 The dear lady was..incapable..of putting first things first.

1979 ‘L. BLACK’ Penny Murders iv. They dropped the talking; first things first, as Kate always felt about a pleasant meal.

2002 Spectator 10 Aug. 20 ‘I think the principle of “first things first” does apply,’ says Al Gore, ‘and has to be followed if we are to have any chance of success.’


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  • first things first — phrase used for saying that the most important things should be dealt with before anything else Thesaurus: words used for saying that something is importantsynonym Main entry: first * * * used to assert that important matters should be dealt with …   Useful english dictionary

  • First Things First — may refer to:;Title of published work *First Things First (Bob Bennett Album) *First Things First (book) *First Things First 1964 manifesto *First Things First 2000 manifesto *First Things First Foundation *First Things First (organization) a… …   Wikipedia

  • first — [ fɜrst ] function word *** First can be used in the following ways: as a number: This is the first car I ve ever owned. as a pronoun: It s often tougher for a team in their second year than their first. as an adverb: Speak to me first, before… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • First Things First (book) — First Things First [Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill, First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994. (ISBN 0 684 80203 1)] (1994) is a self help book written by Stephen… …   Wikipedia

  • first — ► ORDINAL NUMBER 1) coming before all others in time or order; earliest; 1st. 2) before doing something else specified or implied. 3) foremost in position, rank, or importance. 4) informal something never previously achieved or occurring. 5) Brit …   English terms dictionary

  • first things first — ► first things first important matters should be dealt with before other things. Main Entry: ↑first …   English terms dictionary

  • First they came… — is a famous statement attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. The text of the quotation is usually …   Wikipedia

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  • First Council of Nicaea —     The First Council of Nicaea     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The First Council of Nicaea     First Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church, held in 325 on the occasion of the heresy of Arius (Arianism). As early as 320 or 321 St. Alexander,… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • First Love, Last Rites — is a collection of short stories by Ian McEwan. It was first published in 1975 by Jonathan Cape and re issued in 1997 by Vintage. Context The collection is McEwan s first published work and was regarded by the author (along with his second… …   Wikipedia

  • First Things — est une revue mensuelle de tendance chrétienne conservatrice, qui paraît également sur Internet. Elle a été fondée par Richard John Neuhaus (1936 2009), un écrivain nord américain luthérien devenu catholique. Il a lancé la revue après avoir été… …   Wikipédia en Français

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