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at the outset

Fig. at the very beginning. At the outset, we were told everything we had to do. I learned at the outset of the project that I was to lead it.
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from the outset

throughout, from the very beginning. I felt from the outset that Lisa was the wrong one for the job. From the outset, I felt unwelcome in the group.
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at the outset

Also, from the outset. At the start, from the start. For example, He wanted to explain his position from the outset, but there wasn't time, or At the outset the problem seemed simple, but then it became quite complicated. The noun outset is rarely heard today except in these phrases. [Mid-1700s]
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References in classic literature ?
The story of our ten years' separation is now told; the narrative leaves us at the outset of our new lives.
It was some relief to me to discover this Note, and to be satisfied at the outset that the Story of the Trial was, in every particular, fully and truly given.
Her uncle's was not a manner likely to dispel any doubts or apprehensions she might have formed, in the outset, neither was the glimpse she had had of Madame Mantalini's establishment by any means encouraging.
Several general characteristics of Elizabethan literature and writers should be indicated at the outset.
The allegory, at the outset, even in Spenser's own statement, is confused and hazy.
No one was astonished, then, that the head of the Surete had, at the outset of the mystery of The Yellow Room, telegraphed his precious subordinate to London, where he had been sent on a big case of stolen securities, to return with all haste.
But as we are to see a great deal of Amelia, there is no harm in saying, at the outset of our acquaintance, that she was a dear little creature; and a great mercy it is, both in life and in novels, which (and the latter especially) abound in villains of the most sombre sort, that we are to have for a constant companion so guileless and good-natured a person.
Two more events remain to be added to the chain before it reaches fairly from the outset of the story to the close.
in the confidence which should subsist between us; and you check me in the outset.