in the first place
- (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/
- (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.
to begin with