get to first base

Definition of get to first base

chiefly US, informal

  1. :  to make the first step in a course or process that one hopes will lead further —usually used in negative statements Her proposal to change the tax laws never got to first base. He kept asking her out, but he couldn't even get to first base.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

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

baseplay
  1. :  the lower part of a wall, pier, or column considered as a separate architectural feature

    :  the lower part of a complete architectural design (as of a monument)

    :  the bottom of something considered as its support :  foundation

  1. :  to make, form, or serve as a base for

    :  to find a foundation or basis for :  to find a base (see 1base 3a) for

  1. :  of little height

    :  low in place or position

    :  bass


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