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first-string

[furst-string]
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adjective
  1. composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute): the first-string team.
  2. foremost; main: the first-string critics.

Origin of first-string

First recorded in 1915–20
Related formsfirst-string·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for first string

first string

noun
  1. the top player of a team in an individual sport, such as squash
adjective first-string
  1. being a regular member of a team rather than a substitute or reserve
  2. being the top player of a team in an individual sport
  3. of high rating; first-class
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