first thing

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

first thing (not comparable)

  1. Early in the morning.
    I'll meet you first thing at the station.
  2. Straight away, very soon.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.

Noun[edit]

first thing (plural first things)

  1. The basic idea of how to do something.
    I would help you, but I don't know the first thing about gardening.