be first out of the box

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be (the) first out (of) the box

To be the first or earliest to do something. Primarily heard in US. The company is poised to be the first out of the box with a fully sentient, AI-controlled android. The team was the first out the box to score, but their lead evaporated in a matter of minutes. This is very creative—you're going to be first out of the box with an idea like that!
See also: box, first, out
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be first out of the box

AMERICAN
If you are first out of the box, you are the first person to do something. Arco is definitely first out of the box with an alternative gas for cars without catalytic converters. Note: This refers to the game of baseball. A player runs out of the box, which is the marked area where the batter stands, towards first base after hitting the ball.
See also: box, first, of, out
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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