first things first


Also found in: Acronyms, Wikipedia.

first things first

Said when one thing needs to be prioritized over others. I know we have a lot to discuss, but first things first—has anyone heard back from the printer?
See also: first, thing

First things first.

Prov. Do things in the proper order; do not skip things that you should do first. Jill: Should we go to the museum first, or should we go shopping? Jane: I'm hungry. Let's eat lunch before we discuss it. First things first. First things first: read the directions carefully before you try to assemble the bookcase.
See also: first, thing

first things first

The most important task gets priority, as in I very much wanted to see that movie, but first things first-the paper's due tomorrow. This adage was first recorded in 1545.
See also: first, thing

first things first

important matters should be attended to before anything else.
First Things First was the title of a book by George Jackson , subtitled ‘Addresses to young men’ ( 1894 ).
See also: first, thing

ˌfirst things ˈfirst

(often humorous) the most important or necessary duties, matters, etc. must be dealt with before others: First things first. We must make sure the electricity is turned off before we start repairing the cooker.We have a lot to discuss, but, first things first, let’s have a cup of coffee!
See also: first, thing

first things first

The most important task should have priority. The implication of this expression, which dates from the nineteenth century, is that there may well be no time to do more than the most important thing. Or, as Shirley Conran put it (in Superwoman, 1975), “First things first, second things never.”
See also: first, thing
References in periodicals archive ?
But first things first. We must give priority to the security threats affecting the majority in the area.')
First things first, Destiny is stunningly beautiful to look at.
First things first for bakers - - flour your surfaces and save your pastry!
Samo said he would look into a number of offers for the big and small screens down the road, but first things first, he must finish his album...and vote for Farah!
"First things first and that is to open up the factory, secure quality," Samuelsson said in an interview in Chengdu, south central China, where Volvo opened its first Chinese plant yesterday.
First things first, if you haven't tuned in to Joan Nathan's matzo ball video tutorial, you are missing out on the TRUTH about how it's done.
First things first from Nani-gate - I didn't think it was a red card.
But, first things first. The oval's opening is Friday, Nov.
"Well, you know, first things first here," ABC News quoted him as saying.
Yet the striker insists it is a case of first things first.
First things first: There's no such thing as thin blood.
First things first: I like what you're doing with Airman Magazine!
First things first: Yes, Derek Champagne is his real name.
13, Kyodo - Selected editorial excerpts from the Asia-Pacific press: SINO-JAPAN TIES: FIRST THINGS FIRST (The Straits Times, Singapore)
First things first, while Kings of Leon are big fans of The Features, they sound nothing like them.