first off

adverb

Definition of first off 

: in the first place : before anything else

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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, AL.com, "NFL Draft 2018: The last moments of a different life," 27 Apr. 2018 So first off, the researchers took advantage of a Department of Homeland Security program that laser-maps buildings, which now covers almost a quarter of buildings in the US. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "A solar panel on every roof in the US? Here are the numbers," 16 Feb. 2018 Milwaukee scored a run in the first off Lopez, running his pitch count up to 25 in the inning. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pablo Lopez, Marlins can't overcome rocky start in loss to Brewers," 11 July 2018 The casino would be the first off a tribal reservation in Connecticut and is aimed at blunting the competitive threat of MGM Resorts International’s casino and entertainment complex in Springfield, scheduled to open Aug. 24. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "East Windsor Casino Takes Shape In New Renderings," 13 June 2018 Lara was among the first off a bus of dozens of fresh deportees that pulled into the La Chacra repatriation center in San Salvador, located close to gang territory, one day in April. CNN, "Torn from their families in the US, Salvadoran deportees return to a gang-ravaged homeland," 7 June 2018 Hot 100) Jewel successfully avoided the sophomore slump with this single, the first off her second album, Spirit. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998: Critics' Picks," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of first off

1867, in the meaning defined above

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