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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.
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Origin of first-string

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

first-rate, remarkable, exceptional, admirable, good, superhuman, preferable, beautiful, outstanding, magnificent, elegant, subtle, refined, expensive, superior, handsome, fashionable, striking, attractive, lovely

Examples from the Web for first-string

Historical Examples of first-string

  • 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.

  • The first-string men were given easy practice and faced the second for only ten minutes in scrimmage.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour