One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The person or thing having the highest status in a group.‘the clerk was regarded as first among equals by the other chief officers’
- ‘He will be the first among equals, but they will all have to prove themselves.’
- ‘Although America might be first among equals, its conscious and unconscious existence is tightly coupled to experiences shared with its global neighbors.’
- ‘This should be troubling, this complete lack of clear ideas from the man who will be our first among equals.’
- ‘In the past, the Pope of Alexandria was merely the first among equals, and reform movements had foundered on the autonomy of Egypt's bishops.’
- ‘The whole tenet on which Hauser bases his fascinating book is that the human species is, as it were, first among equals.’
- ‘Sorry Campbell, you may be the first among equals, but you ain't the boss.’
- ‘The official doctrine is that the prime minister is simply the first among equals, and the rule of collective responsibility emphasizes the collegial character of the cabinet.’
- ‘They also recognize the Pope as the principal hierarch, the first among equals.’
- ‘As the first among equals, the Prime Minister will symbolically have his finger on the nuclear button.’
- ‘At their best, they are the best, first among equals.’
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