first off

From the start, immediately. For example, He said to wash the car first off, or Why wasn't she told first off? [Colloquial; late 1800s] Also see under first and foremost; first thing.

Words Nearby first off

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How to use first off in a sentence

  • First-off we thought 'twas Lazarus coming back, but pretty soon we see 'twas a considerable smaller boat than his.

    Cape Cod Stories | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I sure did ride fast to locate you, but your daddy wanted me to be sure to tell you, first-off, not to git skeered.

    The Boy from the Ranch | Frank V. Webster
  • But Stern, first-off, had wrenched a marble slab from the stairway.

    Darkness and Dawn | George Allan England