come first


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come first

To be the top priority in a particular situation. If you're sick, then you should definitely stay home and rest—your health comes first. Our customers' needs always come first.
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come ˈfirst

be treated as the most important person or thing in somebody’s life: His work always came first with Joe, which upset his wife a lot.
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