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the first string

1. The members of sports team who start the game, as opposed to the substitutes; the starters. I made the first string on the football team as a freshman! No one's ever done that before! Keep practicing, and you'll move up to first string pretty soon.
2. By extension, the members of some group who are trusted with the leading roles in something. The boss has the first string working on this, so it must be important.
See also: first, string
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The contract for laying the first string will, among other things, envisage the landfalls infrastructure development and the construction of production facilities for four offshore gas pipeline strings in the shore crossing areas in Russia and Bulgaria.
Cross spent 13 years in the NFL as a first string tight end for the New York Giants, where he was a major contributor in the Superbowl XXV Championship.
Puncher Clynch in 2010 and Banimpire 12 months ago have struck for the County Carlow handler, and Light Heavy is his undoubted first string this time as he seeks his seventh Ballysax victory.
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If the punters aren't seeing Capello's first string it is cheeky to ask them to pay full price for the experience.
There might be a lot of changes with the first string.
All three leading title contenders were in action this week where the key clash saw Broadway beat Solihull and Shirley's first string 7-2.
Next Saturday they have three matches to play, the first string play Heath in a senior cup, the seconds travel to Ripon in the Yorkshire Cup and the thirds play Wensleydale.
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For the sake of convenience, the five strings of the banjo are referred to by number, starting with the first string, which is the one closest to your knees.
Bailey and Lauren Young had started slowly against Notts' first string and easily lost their opening set.
Standing in at first string last night in the absence of David Palmer, Stewart Boswell and Olli Tuominen, Grant took a rapid 21 minutes to beat Billson 9-2, 9-7, 9-7.
Then a larger string was attached to the first string and pulled across.
Marienbard, Godolphin's first string, ridden by Frankie Dettori, finishing a disappointing seventh.
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