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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?
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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.
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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.
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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 ).
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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!
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