first thing

idiom

: before anything else : right away : very early
I'll be back first thing (on) Monday morning.
She promised to call first thing in the morning.

Examples of first thing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Moon in Leo will make an awkward quincunx to Venus first thing, encouraging us to speak honestly. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 20 Mar. 2024 What is that person’s attorney going to say first thing out of the box? Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, 11 May 2024 In my lab, first thing that happens is making the material, or working with someone who makes the material. Quanta Magazine, 9 May 2024 This is because our metabolism seems to function better first thing in the morning and becomes more resistant to insulin as the day goes on. Veronica Cristino, Vogue, 4 May 2024 Down a larger glass first thing in the morning and last thing at night to bookend your hydration efforts. Hilary Tetenbaum, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 The very first thing is getting your baseline inventory. Cio, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 In the hours since Beyoncé dropped her new album Cowboy Carter first thing Friday (March 29), the expansive, genre-bending project has captured a lot of people’s attention — including a number of fellow celebrities. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 29 Mar. 2024 These flowers open first thing on a new day, so they’re called day’s eyes. Jenny Comita, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024

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“First thing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20thing. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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