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IN THE FIRST PLACE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does in the first place mean? 

IN THE FIRST PLACE (adverb)
  The adverb IN THE FIRST PLACE has 2 senses:

1. before now
2. of primary import

  Familiarity information: IN THE FIRST PLACE used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IN THE FIRST PLACE (adverb)


Sense 1in the first place [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Before now

Synonyms:

in the first place; to begin with; in the beginning; earlier; originally

Context example:

why didn't you tell me in the first place?


Sense 2in the first place [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of primary import

Synonyms:

in the first place; primarily

Context examples:

this is primarily a question of economics / it was in the first place a local matter


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