first crack at

*first crack at something

Fig. the first opportunity at doing, fixing, or having something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~; take ~; want ~.) I'll take the first crack at it, and if I can't do it, you can try.
See also: crack, first
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Today's 194km stage from Ambert to Le Teil is likely to give the sprinters a chance to shine and young Frenchman Arnaud Demare is odds-on to reach the line first as he tunes up for his first crack at the Tour de France.
South Dakotans will get first crack at the vacant jobs, but after 30 days, Manpower will step in to help fill them.
I know Cricket Australia said at my announcement they'd wait until later in the year before they name the captain, but Michael's done everything right and deserves the first crack at it," Ponting added.
The 32,500-strong Scotland Supporters Club have had first crack at briefs for the home clash, which follows the game in Holland next Saturday, but the match, which kicks off at 8pm, isn't asell-out.
NAPOLI kept up their push for a first crack at Champions League football after a 3-0 over Lecce moved the revitalised club up to third in the table.
Norio Kimura's first crack at the WBA super lightweight crown ended in defeat Saturday after the Japanese fighter lost a unanimous decision to defending champion Andreas Kotelnik of Ukraine.
HE certainly deserves this first crack at Group company, and it would be surprising if he does not make his presence felt.
The Toffees' first crack at European football ended when they lost out in a second round mini-tournament in Belgium.
Bridgend III decided to have first crack at home to Mountain Ash but were dismissed for 123.
The Minehead trainer couldn't find what was wrong with his five-year-old, but reports Detroit City on song and a first crack at two and a half miles looks sure to work in his favour.
Pleasure anglers get first crack at the 5000 carp - day tickets for both waters cost pounds 5 - with the first match will not set to be held until April 8.
Hart lost a coin flip with Saugus earlier in the day, giving the Centurions first crack at COC.
The Dubai Millennium colt headed to Ireland on the back of an impressive win at Sandown, and finished just over 10 lengths behind the victorious Hurricane Run on his first crack at Pattern company.
A contract assistant city attorney for the city of Milwaukee, she cites a lack of mental organization or "stream of consciousness thinking" as a major cause of her unsuccessful first crack at the Wisconsin Bar Exam in July 2003.
YOUNG Sam Scott took his first crack at fishing for crafty grey mullet and left his dad speechless when a 5lb 4oz beauty flipped into the lad's landing net after a 10-minute fight.