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at the first sign

Definition of at the first sign

  1. :  as soon as something happens that indicates an action or event has begun to take place <The bartender called the police at the first sign of trouble.> <At the first sign of spring she planted annuals in her flower beds.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  preceding all others in time, order, or importance: as

    :  earliest

    :  being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  before another in time, space, or importance

    :  for the first time

    :  in preference to something else :  sooner

  1. :  something that is first: as

    :  the first occurrence or item of a kind

    :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  a motion or gesture by which a thought is expressed or a command or wish made known

    :  signal

    :  a fundamental linguistic unit that designates an object or relation or has a purely syntactic function

  1. :  cross

    :  to place a sign on or mark by signs

    :  to represent or indicate by a sign

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a sculptured or ornamented band

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