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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.
See also: come, first
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As the former of these comes first in order, it is proper it should be the first discussed.
That no doubt is the real reason for the growth of quiet marriages; and the desire for them, I suspect, comes first from the man, for there are few women who at heart do not prefer the old histrionic display.
"How little thou knowest about it," answered Don Quixote; "I would have thee to know, Sancho, that it is the glory of knights-errant to go without eating for a month, and even when they do eat, that it should be of what comes first to hand; and this would have been clear to thee hadst thou read as many histories as I have, for, though they are very many, among them all I have found no mention made of knights-errant eating, unless by accident or at some sumptuous banquets prepared for them, and the rest of the time they passed in dalliance.
The expedition by sea is the one which comes first under consideration.
She was so light-hearted that her laugh is what comes first across the years; so high-spirited that she would have wept like Mary of Scots because she could not lie on the bare plains like the men.
After this he lives on, spending his money and labour and time on unnecessary pleasures quite as much as on necessary ones; but if he be fortunate, and is not too much disordered in his wits, when years have elapsed, and the heyday of passion is over-- supposing that he then re-admits into the city some part of the exiled virtues, and does not wholly give himself up to their successors--in that case he balances his pleasures and lives in a sort of equilibrium, putting the government of himself into the hands of the one which comes first and wins the turn; and when he has had enough of that, then into the hands of another; he despises none of them but encourages them all equally.
Both models are available with a special five-year warranty coverage: three-year bumper to bumper warranty plus a two-year warranty on the Power Train or 100,000 kilometre, whichever comes first. The Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Sail, and Chevrolet Spark come with a five-year warranty program, which offers coverage of five years or 100,000 kms, whichever comes first.
The offers come on top of five years' warranty/150,000km (whichever comes first), up to five years' maintenance/65,000km (whichever comes first) and five years' roadside assistance/150,000km (whichever comes first), the statement adds.
The new 100,000KM or 3 years warranty (whichever comes first) policy will be significant to Toyota vehicles which are booked and delivered based on the latest price tariff implied from April 20, 2019.
The great deal also gives customers complete peace of mind on the road, thanks to MINI service inclusive plus up to five years or 100,000km, (whichever comes first) and five years' MINI warranty or 200,000km, (whichever comes first).
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 26 (ANI): After having been denied Lok Sabha ticket from South Bengaluru parliamentary constituency, late Union Minister Ananth Kumar's wife Tejaswini said that she was shocked but will stand by the party's decision since the nation comes first.
KARACHI -- Yamaha Motor Pakistan (PVT) Ltd has announced the extended YAMAHA motorcycle engine warranty up to 3 years or 30,000 KMs (whichever comes first) after purchasing from its wide dealership network across the country.
Singh said: There is no need for any relations with Pakistan, let alone cricket.Don't play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 and country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces," he added.
Honour, security of the country comes first, COAS tells cadets