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look after number one

To put one's own needs, concerns, or responsibilities before those of anyone else. The only way you're going to get ahead in this business is if you look after number one. It doesn't make you a selfish person if you look after number one from time to time. Just don't do it exclusively.
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look after number one

 and look out for number one
to take care of oneself first. You gotta look after number one, right? It's a good idea to look out for number one. Who else will?
See also: after, look, number, one

look after number one

in. to take care of oneself first. (see also number one.) It’s a good idea to look after number one. Who else will?
See also: after, look, number, one