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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
|Sense 1||in the first place [BACK TO TOP]|
why didn't you tell me in the first place?
|Sense 2||in the first place [BACK TO TOP]|
Of primary import
in the first place; primarily
this is primarily a question of economics / it was in the first place a local matter
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