first things first

Definition of first things first

  1. —used to say that one should do the things that are most important before doing other things I know you're eager to start shopping for a car, but first things first—you need to find out how much you can afford to spend. You must set priorities and learn how to put first things first.

Word by Word Definitions

firstplay
  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

thingplay things
  1. :  a matter of concern :  affair

    :  state of affairs in general or within a specified or implied sphere

    :  a particular state of affairs :  situation


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