first off


Definition of first off

: in the first place : before anything else

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Well, there’s anonymous, there’s shade of gray on that, first off. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman explains why reviews with sexual harassment allegations don’t get removed," 15 Aug. 2018 The amendments were required by the legislature last year as a condition of the approval allowing the operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun to jointly establish the East Windsor casino, the first off a tribal reservation. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Inspector General Probes Interior Department's Handling Of Connecticut Casino Expansion," 23 Apr. 2018 The Kentucky Derby marked his first off-the-board finish. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Trainer Mick Ruis says Bolt d'Oro now likely to aim for 2018 Preakness," 10 May 2018 Southern California entrants in include Taman Guard from the Richard Mandella stable and Eddie Haskell, first off the claim for trainer Mark Glatt. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Count Fleet comes in at No. 4 in Triple Crown ratings," 7 June 2018 Well, first off, anything that happened with Puerto Rico should not be about politics. Fox News, "Larry Kudlow on trade with China, North Korea talks," 31 May 2018 At the same time, Brazil started to click and began to create the stronger chances, which paid off first off with Neymar’s sliding score. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Mexico’s World Cup Ends in Round of 16," 2 July 2018 The homer — Thames's 10th on the season — was his first off a left-hander. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Reds 4: Aguilar, Thames power comeback victory," 28 June 2018 Minkah Fitzpatrick was first off the board for the Crimson Tide, going 11th overall to the Miami Dolphins. Joseph Goodman,, "NFL Draft 2018: The last moments of a different life," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of first off

1867, in the meaning defined above

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a strong desire or propensity

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