first-string

adjective \ ˈfərs(t)-ˈstriŋ \

Definition of first-string

1 : being a regular as distinguished from a substitute (as on a team)

first-stringer

play \ˈfərs(t)-ˈstriŋ-ər\ noun

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first-string

Definition of first-string for English Language Learners

  • sports : most skillful



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