One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the first (or second, etc.) place; at the first (or second, etc.) stage of a proceeding.‘a tribunal should be formed, in the first instance to document these and other charges’
- ‘It depended on what made them to become warring enemies in the first instance.’
- ‘In the first instance, the person who killed the baby would receive a life sentence; in the second instance, the doctor would receive a thank you and a large payment.’
- ‘I think you should complain in the first instance to the adviser.’
- ‘Indeed, in the second instance, even if you somehow got to where you were supposed to be going, how the hell would you know?’
- ‘I think the blame lays fairly and squarely with the company in the first instance.’
- ‘What this column proposes is that, in the first instance, focus be given to the safe disposal of the monitors.’
- ‘He said soldiers may have been acting in self-defense in the second instance.’
- ‘He would always advise people to see a doctor in the first instance, especially for conditions such as recurring migraines.’
- ‘The victim of this trick was simply astounded at this part of the proceeding, as no mention whatever was made of a frame in the first instance.’
- ‘A nurse does assess patients in the first instance and this is something that we, as nurses, have thought for a long time that we could do.’
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