first and last

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first and last (not comparable)

  1. (attributive) only
    This is the first and last time I'm doing this.


first and last (plural firsts and lasts)

  1. (idiomatic) A person's combined given name and surname.



first and last (not comparable)

  1. altogether; wholly
    • 1937, Gian Dàuli, The Wheel Turns (page 345)
      I had been a cad, a scoundrel, first and last. Sofia had been courageous in her misfortune; she had never wished to be a burden on me; she had hidden nothing from me as regards her past; I had sworn that her past no longer mattered, and then I had beaten her nearly to death.