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first of all

as the very first thing; before anything else. First of all, put your name on this piece of paper. First of all, we'll try to find a place to live.
See also: all, first, of

ˌfirst of ˈall


1 before doing anything else; at the beginning: First of all, let me ask you something.
2 as the most important thing: The content of any article needs, first of all, to be relevant to the reader.
See also: all, first, of