Initially, at the start, as in At first the berries were green, but when they ripened they turned bright red. [Second half of 1500s]
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Example sentences from the Web for at first
Even Mr. Seward, cautious and conservative diplomat as he was, at-first "opposed any concession or surrender of the prisoners."The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne