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begin with (someone or something)

To start with someone or something; to have someone or something be the first in a series. Let's begin with stretching and then we'll move on to cardio. You'll all have time to share about your summer vacations, but Caroline, we'll begin with you.
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begin with someone or something

to start off a sequence with someone or something. Let's have dinner begin with a nice clear soup. I will begin with Liz and take Frank next.
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References in classic literature ?
He has never asked for his due from anybody, and he will not begin with us. Besides, our cow has a calf, and that will set us a bit straighter."
Their fresh perspective helps the reader understand the tremendous benefits and obligations of networking and clearly emphasizes that networking needs to begin with us and that we need to start networking sooner than we think to get the most benefit.
In 2001 the Naga Reconciliation process was launched to 'truthfully examine the ways and areas in which we have hurt others so that the needed changes may begin with us'.
The pledge stated: 'We will start a process whereby we will truthfully examine the ways and areas in which we may have hurt others so that the needed changes may begin with us, leading to practical steps of restitution to make healing lasting.