Definition of first and last in English:

first and last


  • Fundamentally; on the whole.

    ‘museums are first and last about curatorship’
    • ‘Feminism's a socialist movement, first and last.’
    • ‘I am, first and last and always, concerned about the welfare of people, all kinds of people.’
    • ‘There is little point in wallowing in the brilliance of Bacon if you don't recognise him as a moralist first and last.’
    • ‘Rosa Luxemburg roundly declared that freedom was first and last the freedom for those who thought differently.’