first and foremost

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first and foremost

  1. (set phrase) Primarily; most importantly.
    • 1847 December, Ellis Bell [pseudonym; Emily Brontë], Wuthering Heights, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Thomas Cautley Newby, [], OCLC 156123328:
      "There are many things to be considered before that question can be answered properly," I said, sententiously. "First and foremost, do you love Mr. Edgar?"
    • 2018, James Lambert, “A multitude of ‘lishes’: The nomenclature of hybridity”, in English World-Wide[1], page 2:
      First and foremost, there is currently lacking any single text which comes close to cataloguing the great variety of terms in use.