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first thing

Very early in the day and/or as the first thing that is done. We need to talk about this shipping issue first thing tomorrow. Eating first thing in the morning just makes me nauseous.
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first thing (in the morning)

before anything else is done in the morning. Please call me first thing in the morning. I can't help you now. I'll do that first thing.
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first thing

Before anything else; without delay. For example, Tom was supposed to call him first thing in the morning. [Late 1500s] Also see under first and foremost; first off.
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first thing

early in the morning; before anything else.
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first ˈthing (tomorrow, in the morning, etc.)

at the beginning of the period of time mentioned, before doing anything else: I always like a cup of tea first thing in the morning.Can you lend me some money? I’ll pay you back first thing tomorrow. OPPOSITE: last thing (at night)
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first thing

Informal
Right away; before anything else: Do your assignments first thing in the morning.
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