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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at/from the ˈoutset (of something)

at/from the beginning of something: I made it clear right from the outset that I disapproved.
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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.
Whatever help you can give me at the outset in blindfolding that woman's sharp eyes will be the most precious help I have ever received at your hands.
Several general characteristics of Elizabethan literature and writers should be indicated at the outset.
The allegory, at the outset, even in Spenser's own statement, is confused and hazy.
Spenser strangely planned to narrate this beginning of the whole in his final Book, but even if it had been properly placed at the outset it would have served only as a loose enveloping action for a series of stories essentially as distinct as those in Malory.
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.
Collaborative working was agreed by all parties at the outset of the project and weekly core meetings resolved any issues, which resulted in clear communication and consistency throughout the project.
He said at the outset his intentions were good, but one unsuccessful trip to Canada led to proffering false documents.
At the outset of the meeting, the Minister welcomed the ambassador, lauding the firmness of relations between the two countries and their keenness to enhance them in all fields.
He pointed out the existence of signs for the launching of dialogue which he hoped would be launched at the outset of upcoming year, far-reaching to an outcome that would satisfy all sides.