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first off

1. A phrase used to introduce the first topic one wants to address. I do want to hear about your day, but first off, let me tell you what the wedding planner had to say. First off at today's assembly, we have our sixth grade spelling bee.
2. At once; in the beginning. You should have told your new employer about this conflict of interest first off.
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first up

A phrase used to introduce the first topic one wants to address. I do want to hear about your day, but first up, let me tell you what the wedding planner had to say. First up at today's assembly, we have our sixth grade spelling bee.
See also: first, up
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first off

first; the first thing. (Almost the same as first of all.) He ordered soup first off. First off, we'll find a place to live.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

first off

From the start, immediately. For example, He said to wash the car first off, or Why wasn't she told first off? [Colloquial; late 1800s] Also see under first and foremost; first thing.
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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.

first off

as a first point; first of all. informal, chiefly North American
1991 Globe & Mail (Toronto) First off, I wouldn't worry about the ‘fashionability’ of any particular garment. If you'd like to wear something, then wear it.
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first up

1 first of all. 2 at the first attempt. Australian
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first ˈoff/ˈup

(informal) before anything else; to begin with: First off, we will choose the teams, then we can start the game.
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