at the outset

at the outset

At the beginning. Honestly, I never expected this play to be so successful at the outset. At the outset, we had a much smaller budget for our renovations.
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at the outset

Fig. at the very beginning. At the outset, we were told everything we had to do. I learned at the outset of the project that I was to lead it.
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at the outset

Also, from the outset. At the start, from the start. For example, He wanted to explain his position from the outset, but there wasn't time, or At the outset the problem seemed simple, but then it became quite complicated. The noun outset is rarely heard today except in these phrases. [Mid-1700s]
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References in classic literature ?
returning to his letter, she was disappointed at the outset.
It was some relief to me to discover this Note, and to be satisfied at the outset that the Story of the Trial was, in every particular, fully and truly given.
But the directions he had given us about keeping a yellow warehouse on our starboard hand till we opened a white church to the larboard, and then keeping that on the larboard hand till we made a corner three points to the starboard, and that done, then ask the first man we met where the place was: these crooked directions of his very much puzzled us at first, especially as, at the outset, Queequeg insisted that the yellow warehouse --our first point of departure --must be left on the larboard hand, whereas I had understood Peter Coffin to say it was on the starboard.
The low levels of most of the Saharan Sanatoria are against them except at the outset of the disease.
The number of which this branch of the legislature is to consist, at the outset of the government, will be sixtyfive.
But I am pretty sure that I began right, and that if I had always kept the lofty level which I struck at the outset I should have the right to use authority in these reminiscences without a bad conscience.
No one was astonished, then, that the head of the Surete had, at the outset of the mystery of The Yellow Room, telegraphed his precious subordinate to London, where he had been sent on a big case of stolen securities, to return with all haste.
At the risk of spoiling my story and of being taken for a coxcomb, I state my intention at the outset.
But at the outset it seemed necessary to be on guard against the other two.
Astor, though intrusted to them in confidence, and dependent, in a great measure, upon secrecy at the outset for its success, and inquired whether they, as British subjects, could lawfully engage in it.
Sitting down as a level member of the dairyman's household seemed at the outset an undignified proceeding.
Hence, the applause that greeted him at the outset continued until he, with a friendly gesture, claimed silence on his own behalf.
Pickup is suspicious," he said; "and I have had all the difficulty in the world to pave your way smoothly for you at the outset.
But as we are to see a great deal of Amelia, there is no harm in saying, at the outset of our acquaintance, that she was a dear little creature; and a great mercy it is, both in life and in novels, which (and the latter especially) abound in villains of the most sombre sort, that we are to have for a constant companion so guileless and good-natured a person.
A woman's love saved him at the outset of his downward career.