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number one

1. adjective Top-rated, best, or foremost. Sometimes hyphenated. He's the number one salesman in the whole region, so you can definitely learn from him. I was really hoping that we wouldn't have to face the number-one team in the first round.
2. noun Oneself. In this usage, the term implies that one's top priority or concern is or should be oneself. Used especially with the phrase "look out for number one." You need to be careful in situations where there's a stampede toward an exit, because everybody is just looking out for number one.
3. slang Urine or the act of urination. (Feces or the act of defecation is called "number two.") A: "Mommy, I have to go to the bathroom." B: "Number one or number two?"
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ˌnumber ˈone

(informal)
1 the most important or best person or thing: We’re number one in the used car business.He’s the world’s number one athlete.
2 (often disapproving) yourself: She doesn’t care about other people and their problems. She just looks after number one.Take care of number one and forget everybody else. That’s his philosophy.
See also: number, one

number one

1. mod. top rate; best. (see also numero uno.) We heard the number one high school band in the whole state last night.
2. n. oneself. I don’t know who will pay for the broken window, but old number one isn’t!
3. n. urination; an act of urination. Jimmy made a mess in his pants. But don’t worry. It’s just number one.
See also: number, one
References in classic literature ?
To keep in the easy road, and keep it at a distance, is object number one with you.
The more you value your number one, the more careful you must be of mine; so we come at last to what I told you at first--that a regard for number one holds us all together, and must do so, unless we would all go to pieces in company.
It is horrible," and his mind pictured the fearful atrocity which was known as Number One.
As number one referred him to number two, and as number two referred him to number three, he had occasion to state it three times before they all referred him to number four, to whom he stated it again.
Here, in book Number One, are all my Districts mapped out, with the prevalent public feeling to appeal to in each: Military District, Clerical District, Agricultural District; et cetera, et cetera.
He'll probably want to see Number One instantly, though it may be too late now.
Whenever a person proclaims to you 'In worldly matters I'm a child,' you consider that that person is only a-crying off from being held accountable and that you have got that person's number, and it's Number One.
The porter who took our things thought it would go from number two platform, while another porter, with whom he discussed the question, had heard a rumour that it would go from number one.
Uptown Funk, Ronson's collaboration with Bruno Mars, returned to the top of the chart after X Factor winner Haenow seized the coveted Christmas number one title with his debut single, a cover of One Republic's "Something I Need".
Dr and the Medics and Carol Decker, who had number one hits with Spirit in the Sky and China in Your Hand, both have links to the city.
The first UK number one single, Italian-American crooner Al Martino's Hear in My Heart, was bought by Mr Hitchcock's grandfather in 1952.
In addition to topping the rankings for the coveted number one position overall, Ashworth also retained favor with the low handicappers (0-5 handicap) with a number one ranking in total shirt usage among the game's most demanding players.
Sorry, which hit the top spot on Sunday, was the Queen of Pop's 12th UK Number One single.
The King of rock 'n' roll knocked Steve Brookstein off the number one spot with the re-release of Jailhouse Rock, which topped the US and UK charts for the first time in 1958.
In making the announcement, Steinberg said, "This new deal brings together two market leaders, providing the number one cable news channel a unique platform to deliver original business content on the number one financial website.