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first thing

Very early in the day and/or as the first thing that is done. We need to talk about this shipping issue first thing tomorrow. Eating first thing in the morning just makes me nauseous.
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first thing (in the morning)

before anything else is done in the morning. Please call me first thing in the morning. I can't help you now. I'll do that first thing.
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first thing

Before anything else; without delay. For example, Tom was supposed to call him first thing in the morning. [Late 1500s] Also see under first and foremost; first off.
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first thing

early in the morning; before anything else.
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first ˈthing (tomorrow, in the morning, etc.)

at the beginning of the period of time mentioned, before doing anything else: I always like a cup of tea first thing in the morning.Can you lend me some money? I’ll pay you back first thing tomorrow. OPPOSITE: last thing (at night)
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first thing

Informal
Right away; before anything else: Do your assignments first thing in the morning.
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You won't find much sympathy at First Things for those who today use such language in the context of President Bush's war on civil liberties.
Damon Linker, on the other hand, argues in The Theocons that it's the religious right, and the First Things coterie in particular, that's doing the encroaching.
For Damon Linker, a former editor of First Things turned critic of that journal's political project, the danger of the religious right does not lie primarily with the evangelical Protestants Hynes describes but with a select group of Roman Catholic intellectuals whom Linker calls "theoconservatives.
This is really a book about Neuhaus, and Linker makes little effort to widen the lens beyond the pages, Manhattan office, posh watering holes, and esoteric controversies of the First Things crowd.
Note: I once wrote a book review for First Things, and on occasion have been praised as well as criticized in its pages.
published in First Things soon after the Supreme Court's 1996 Casey decision reaffirming the constitutionality of legalized abortion.
He's been a high-profile activist on behalf of a lower wall of separation between church and state and has outlined his views in right-wing publications, primarily First Things.
Richard John Neuhaus, a conservative Catholic priest, First Things regularly assails church-state separation and the views held by Americans United.
As such, it is safe to say that no one would ever mistake Richard John Neuhaus, Editor-in-Chief of First Things, for a liberal.
This slim volume, basically an extension of Neuhaus's First Things article entitled "Born toward Dying," discusses various aspects of human mortality through the lens of the author's own nasty bout with colon cancer.
Richard Neuhaus, editor of the magazine First Things, in reply to Donohue's comments in First Things of October2001 that "reducing the number of unwanted births seems to have had important social benefits," states the larger case against abortion by saying that it "undermines the foundation of civilized order, and does so at the cost of millions of innocent lives.
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