English [ edit ]
( first thing not ) comparable
Early in the
I'll meet you first thing at the station.
Straight away, very soon.
2009, Alex J. Packer, Bringing Up Parents: The Teenager's Handbook, : ISBN 1442992530
I'll do it first thing after school tomorrow.
2012, Cd Harper, And Face the Unknown: The Journey of a Lincoln-freed Colored, : ISBN 1475947569
You had to see it first thing, 'cause it was the first thing that caught the eye.
2013, Nelson Searcy, Jennifer Dykes Henson, The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry, , page 2013: ISBN 1441224408
Whatever it is, getting it out of the way is crucial to your forward momentum. So, to borrow a phrase from Nike, just do it—and do it first thing.
( first thing plural ) first things
basic idea of how to do something.
I would help you, but I don't know the first thing about gardening.
Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning:
see , first . thing
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in : 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.
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