first and foremost

first and foremost phrase
used for emphasizing the main point or the most important reason for something

He was first and foremost an educator who cared about his students.

‘Why not get a job that pays more?’ ‘First and foremost, because I really like what I’m doing.’

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most importantly; more than anything else

I'm first and foremost a writer

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see first

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first and foremost
: at the most basic level

He is first and foremost [=primarily, fundamentally] a teacher.

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ˌfirst and ˈforemost idiom
more than anything else

He does a little teaching, but first and foremost he's a writer.

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  • first and foremost — {adv. phr.} As the most important thing; first. * /First and foremost they needed food./ * /I want you to remember to pay that bill first and foremost./ * /First and foremost, we must keep America free./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • first and foremost — {adv. phr.} As the most important thing; first. * /First and foremost they needed food./ * /I want you to remember to pay that bill first and foremost./ * /First and foremost, we must keep America free./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • first and foremost — first and most important, firstly    The speaker began by saying, First and foremost …   English idioms

  • first and foremost — ► first and foremost more than anything else. Main Entry: ↑first …   English terms dictionary

  • first and foremost — index ab initio Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • first\ and\ foremost — adv. phr. As the most important thing; first. First and foremost they needed food. I want you to remember to pay that bill first and foremost. First and foremost, we must keep America free …   Словарь американских идиом

  • first and foremost — more than anything else. He remains first and foremost a businessman, not a politician. In order to be successful a film has to be, first and foremost, a good story …   New idioms dictionary

  • first and foremost — used for emphasizing the main point or the most important reason for something He was first and foremost an educator who cared about his students. Why not get a job that pays more? First and foremost, because I really like what I m doing …   English dictionary

  • first and foremost — adverb Primarily; most importantly. There are many things to be considered before that question can be answered properly, I said, sententiously. First and foremost, do you love Mr. Edgar? Syn: above all …   Wiktionary

  • first and foremost —    This expression is used to state what you consider to be more important than anything else.     First and foremost I want to thank our hosts for their wonderful reception …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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