first and foremost
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- (set phrase) Primarily; most importantly.
- 1845 October – 1846 June, Ellis Bell [pseudonym; Emily Brontë], Wuthering Heights: A Novel, volume IX, London: Thomas Cautley Newby, publisher, […], published December 1847, 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?"
primarily; most importantly