in the first place

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  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪn ðə ˈfɜːst pleɪs/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪn ðə ˈfɜ˞st pleɪs/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ɪn ðə ˈfɜːst plæɪs/

Prepositional phrase[edit]

in the first place

  1. (sequence, idiomatic) to begin with; earlier; first; at the start
    The question is not whether I still enjoy the job, when I never enjoyed it in the first place.
    In the first place, let's get the basics settled.


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