the first thing

Definition of the first thing

  1. :  anything at all —used in negative statements He doesn't know/understand the first thing about the problems we've been having.

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
  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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