first things first


1. a phrase meaning important matters should be dealt with before other things






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first things first

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The idiom 'first things first' is usually used to communicate to others what the priority is or what you think is the most important task before doing other things. This idiom is usually used in spoken informal contexts. 

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  1. First things first. What are your names? the teacher asked the new students on the first day of term.
  2. Interviewer: I'm going to ask about your education and work experience shortly, but first things first: Would you like a glass of water?

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  1. There is a lot to get through in this meeting, but first things first, did everyone get coffee?
  2. Before we look at the new work in development, first things first, can we have the financial report?

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