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[furst-string] /ˈfɜrstˈstrɪŋ/
composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute):
the first-string team.
foremost; main:
the first-string critics.
Origin of first-string
First recorded in 1915-20
Related forms
first-stringer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was no scrimmage until the first-string men had trotted off the field.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • On Friday there was only signal work for the subs, but the first-string players and the second held scrimmage as usual.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Dont, added the coach, fool yourselves with the idea that if you get in trouble Ill put the first-string men in to pull you out.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Hughson and Joe were pitching magnificent ball, but they were the only first-string pitchers that could be absolutely relied on.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • The first-string men were given easy practice and faced the second for only ten minutes in scrimmage.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • On Tuesday the first-string 'varsity men were back at work, with the exception of Benson, whose ankle was in pretty bad condition.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • So it went for nearly an hour, the substitutes gradually taking the places of the first-string players.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • With three first-string pitchers like Lefty and Jones and Savage, the team would have a fighting chance.

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager

    Burt L. Standish
  • She had replaced many of her first-string men, but her captain was still in and so was the quarter-back who had started.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • With the exception of Clint at left tackle, the line-up consisted of first-string players.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour

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