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first and foremost

Cliché first to be dealt with and most important. First and foremost, I think you should work harder on your biology. Have this in mind first and foremost: Keep smiling!
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first and foremost

more than anything else He remains first and foremost a businessman, not a politician. In order to be successful a film has to be, first and foremost, a good story.
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first and foremost

Also, first of all. Most important, primarily; also, to begin with. For example, First and foremost, I want to thank our sponsors, or What we need, first and foremost, is a new secretary, or We have to deal, first of all, with the early history. The first term, dating from the late 1300s, is redundant, since first and foremost mean virtually the same thing. Both it and the variant, which dates from the mid-1500s, are used to give emphasis to the initial item in a list of several. Also see first off; first thing.
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Suddenly the First and Foremost swung his brass hoop and caught Guph around the neck with it.
The First and Foremost now laughed grimly and released his prisoner.
After relating all this, and telling of the tunnel the Nome King was building, he said he had come to ask the First and Foremost to join the Nomes, with his band of terrible warriors, and help them to defeat the Oz people.
This answer set the First and Foremost laughing anew.
The First and Foremost slowly raised his arms, and in a twinkling his hairy skin fell from him and he appeared before the astonished Nome as a beautiful woman, clothed in a flowing gown of pink gauze.
Then the First and Foremost, who had resumed his hairy body and bear head, turned to the Nome and asked
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