at the first opportunityidiom (1)
Definition of at the first opportunity
(Entry 1 of 2)
: as soon as it is possible for someone to do something We will correct the error at the first opportunity.
at the first signidiom (2)
Definition of at the first sign (Entry 2 of 2)
: 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.
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