first and last

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Definition of first and last

: at the most basic level : in all respects This is first and last a matter of national security.

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“First and last.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20and%20last. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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