in the first place

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in the first place

  1. (sequence, idiomatic) to begin with; earlier; firstly; originally; 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.
  2. (idiomatic) at all, even (typically in non-negated statements)
    Why does this exist in the first place?

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