Definition of in the first place in English:

in the first place

phrase

  • 1As the first consideration or point.

    ‘political reality was not quite that simple—in the first place, divisions existed within the parties’
    • ‘This is, in fact, one of the principle reasons the Top Table was created in the first place.’
    • ‘It wasn't as if the Mini was an especially greedy consumer of petrol in the first place.’
    • ‘That was one of the primary issues that prompted the application in the first place.’
    • ‘He's right, but he's got a nerve considering his party broke that link in the first place.’
    • ‘To answer this we must consider whether Doris's acceptance is valid in the first place.’
    • ‘None of the new measures seem to consider addressing the main cause of the problem in the first place.’
    • ‘He refers to one recent study which considers the reasons why bloggers blog in the first place.’
    in addition to, as well as, over and above
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    1. 1.1At the beginning; to begin with (especially in reference to the time when an action was being planned or discussed)
      ‘I should have told you in the first place’
      • ‘By the way, why do you feel the need to mention the fact that you carry a knife in the first place?’
      • ‘Having made an issue of the attacks in the first place, they now say that this is nothing for us to worry about.’
      • ‘The hard thing, as I'm finding out, is getting the people in there in the first place.’
      • ‘He is so loving and kind that I immediately remember why I fell in love with him in the first place.’
      • ‘It is always important to remind ourselves who created this state of affairs in the first place.’
      • ‘If he didn't think Scott was good enough, why did he pick him in the first place?’
      • ‘What makes me feel so really stupid is how I actually managed to begin smoking in the first place.’
      • ‘If you believe you have been misled complain to the company or person who sold you the plan in the first place.’
      • ‘Sadly, it also gave me the chance to remember why we had lost touch in the first place.’
      • ‘When it was all over, I re-read the play to try and see what it was that had made me write it in the first place.’