first and foremost

Definition of first and foremost

  1. :  at the most basic level He is first and foremost a teacher.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  the first occurrence or item of a kind

    :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  first in a series or progression

    :  of first rank or position :  preeminent

  1. :  in the first place

    :  most importantly

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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