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get to first base

1. To successfully move through the initial phase of something. I doubt we'll get to first base with this proposal— the board seems pretty skeptical.
2. slang To kiss a date. (When baseball is used as a metaphor for sexual acts, kissing is seen as an initial step or prelude to sexual intercourse—a "home run.") A: "Did you get to first base with Dave last night?" B: "A lady doesn't kiss and tell!"
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get to first base (with someone or something)

 and reach first base (with someone or something)
Fig. to make a major advance with someone or something. I wish I could get to first base with this business deal. John adores Sally, but he can't even reach first base with her. She won't even speak to him.
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get to first base

Also, reach first base.
1. Succeed in the initial phase of something; meet with preliminary approval. For example, They were delighted that they'd gotten to first base in the negotiations. This term alludes to the first base of baseball, which is the first step toward scoring a run for the batter's team. [c. 1900]
2. Reach the initial stage of sexual intimacy, such as kissing. For example, Mary is so shy that I can't even get to first base with her. [1920s]
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get to first base

1. If you get to first base, you begin to make progress with your plans. Note: In baseball, players have to hit the ball and then run round all four corners or bases to score a run. We couldn't get to first base with any U.S. banks. They didn't want to take the risk. We wonder why there are so few women in leadership — they get criticized before they even get to first base.
2. If someone gets to first base, they succeed in kissing a boyfriend or girlfriend or touching them as a way of starting a sexual relationship. Note: In baseball, players have to hit the ball and then run round all four corners or bases to score a run. It takes Declan, the ladies' man of the cast, until the third episode to get to first base with any of his prey. Note: You can also use get to second base, to say that you get to the next stage of a sexual relationship. On a date, would it be easier to get to second base with Laverne or Shirley?
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get to first base

achieve the first step towards your objective. informal, chiefly North American
1962 P. G. Wodehouse Service with a Smile She gives you the feeling that you'll never get to first base with her.
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get to first ˈbase (with somebody/something)

(also reach/make first ˈbase (with somebody/something)) (informal, especially American English) successfully complete the first stage of something: The project hasn’t even reached first base yet. Why all this delay?
This idiom comes from baseball. First base is the first of four positions (= bases) that a player must reach in order to score points.
See also: base, first, get

get to first base

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