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right foot foremost

Indicative of positive or favorable start. The phrase derives from a Roman superstition that one should enter a room with one's right foot first, so as to ensure good luck. In an effort to put my right foot foremost this semester, I've already begun to research for my thesis.
See also: foot, foremost, right

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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References in classic literature ?
Would that I had never gained the day in such a contest, for it cost the life of Ajax, who was foremost of all the Danaans after the son of Peleus, alike in stature and prowess.
Who, then, O Muse, was the foremost, whether man or horse, among those that followed after the sons of Atreus?
Of the men, Ajax, son of Telamon, was much the foremost so long as Achilles' anger lasted, for Achilles excelled him greatly and he had also better horses; but Achilles was now holding aloof at his ships by reason of his quarrel with Agamemnon, and his people passed their time upon the sea shore, throwing discs or aiming with spears at a mark, and in archery.
Without the least hesitation I advanced towards them, and had approached within about a yard of the foremost, when, pointing angrily into the Typee valley, and uttering some savage exclamation, he wheeled round his weapon like lightning, and struck me in a moment to the ground.
I raised the bar and shot it to the right just as the foremost of the guardsmen threw himself against the opposite side of the massive panels.
With javelins snatched from the wall he wrought havoc among the foremost of the Okarians while we battled with the insensate metal that stood between our fellows and freedom.
Go up the mountain, if you dare, and find out what the First and Foremost will do to you
I've come to see the First and Foremost Phanfasm of Phantastico," replied the General, who did not like the way this creature looked at him, but still was not afraid.
The First and Foremost shall decide upon the best way to punish you.
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.
With a cry of terror the foremost gorilla-man turned to escape, but behind him he ran full upon his on-rushing companions.
Always shalt thou be the foremost and prominent above others: no one shall thy jealous soul love, except a friend"--that made the soul of a Greek thrill: thereby went he his way to greatness.
Of his women friends, foremost amongst them Countess Lidia Ivanovna, Alexey Alexandrovitch never thought.
First and foremost, Faguey,' said the housebreaker, 'how's Bill?