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first and last

Altogether; on the whole; primarily; above all else. First and last, be sure to be true to your own desires. Though they have begun venturing into other fields of business, the company is a tech firm first and last.
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first and last

Under all circumstances, always, as in She was an artist first and last. (For a synonym, see above all.) This expression, first recorded in 1589, should not be confused with the similar-sounding from first to last, which means "from start to finish" or "throughout," as in We cheered them on from first to last.
See also: and, first, last
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˌfirst and ˈlast

mainly; only: The book is, first and last, an account of a poet’s development.I saw him for the first and last time at his father’s funeral.
See also: and, first, last
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