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in the first place

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv in the first place of primary import "this is primarily a question of economics","it was in the first place a local matter"
    • adv in the first place before now "why didn't you tell me in the first place?"
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards.”
  • Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann
    “If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    Jean%20Jacques%20Rousseau
    “There are two things to be considered with regard to any scheme. In the first place, Is it good in itself? In the second, Can it be easily put into practice?”
  • Robert M. Pirsig
    Robert M. Pirsig
    “The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.”

Usage

In literature:

I should like to know who was responsible in the first place for the expression which has been imposed upon me.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
In the first place space does not extend beyond nature in the sense that time seems to do.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
In the first place, how do you propose to get to Sneffels?
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
In the first place, it would lead to nothing when the affair is over.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
In the first place, it seemed no bigger than a ship's cabin, and not one-half so orderly.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
In the first place, it has nothing at all to do with robbery and thieving.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Curiosity in the first place.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
What they wanted was, in the first place, money; in the second place, money; thirdly and finally, money.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
In the first place, you cannot all go.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
By gratifying their inclinations, in the first place, in accordance with the up-to-date idea.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
In the first place, how much money makes an heiress?
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
In the first place no two people look alike, neither are they made alike.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
In the first place, there are the portraits.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
The principles which bound the buccaneers together were, first the desire for adventure and gain, and, in the second place, hatred of the Spaniard.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
In the first place, was the lad, when in your employment, ever upstairs in your house?
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty
In the first place, you misinterpreted what you saw through the door in the wall.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
Success depends, in the first place, upon ability to comprehend the statement of the problem and to hold its conditions in mind.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
In the first place, the Emperor is commander-in-chief of the army and navy.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
In the first place they could not decide where to put this new article.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
In the first place, a great number of women do not accept it.
"The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill
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In poetry:

The faith that first must be possessed,
Root deep within our inmost breast;
And joyous hope in second place,
Then charity, Thy greatest grace.
"Eternal Glory of the Sky" by Augusta Treverorum
Now came the hour for the gift-bestowing;
And the fairy first in place
Touched with her wand the child and gave her
"Beauty of form and face!"
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
This bee an emblem truly is of sin,
Whose sweet, unto a many, death hath been.
Now would'st have sweet from sin and yet not die,
Do thou it, in the first place, mortify.
"Upon The Bee" by John Bunyan
'Tis a light pang. I like to see the nests
Still in their places, now first known,
At home and by far roads. Boys knew them not,
Whatever jays and squirrels may have done.
"Birds' Nests" by Edward Thomas
Kindlier to me the place of birth
That first my tottering footsteps trod;
There may be fairer spots of earth,
But all their glories are not worth
The virtue in the native sod.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
Q. Which is the first of those commandments, say?
And then the next? — and then the next agen?
Each, in its proper place, before me lay,
Until thou hast repeated all the ten.
"The Creed" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Still, the Redskins (7-6), who have won four straight to move within a game of the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East, are trying their best to keep Griffin 's status shrouded in mystery.
Why Vick would buy a dog in the first place worries me, but the least he could do is be honest about it.
The court concluded the informant 's information provided police with reasonable suspicion to stop and detain Knight in the first place.
Setting the record straight on "the policies that created this mess in the first place.".
So, while bloggers, pundits, politicians and even journalists have been pronouncing "Objective Journalism " dead for many years now, we believe it never really existed in the first place.
Months after the foundation included the Nasher on its list of "threatened and at-risk landscapes, " Birnbaum takes to Huffington Post to recap the battle so far and explains how it landed on the list in the first place.
Why do we have leap years in the first place.
The lockdown at Beaumont Army Medical Center was lifted at 12:35, said officials, who still did not disclose what caused the closure in the first place.
Losing a breast is not what love or sex is all about in the first place.
However, 'Twilight' fans take the cake with the following items that beg the question: why were these things even created in the first place.
Washington — Why was there an Israel-Gaza war in the first place.
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World's Most Dangerous City.
WikiLeaks released 92,000 pages of classified documents on Sunday, but much of it has viewers wondering why it needed to be kept secret in the first place.
In some cases, subscriptions were already pre-paid directly to publishers or never ordered in the first place.
Sometimes it's our understanding of why spotted owls, rare salamanders or old-growth trees are important in the first place.
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In science:

Simulation of a button click or element action in the panel involves two steps. First the element placed on the panel should be fixed to a particular position by locking it and then the action associated with the particular element can be played.
Modelling Gesture Based Ubiquitous Applications
First, as shown by Grimmett, the random-orientation process is equivalent to the independent process in which oriented arcs are placed independently.
On a property of random-oriented percolation in a quadrant
First, in place of a red-detuned trapping laser, we assume the use of a blue-detuned beam that has a Gaussian profile in the xy plane and a firstorder Hermite–Gauss profile along z .
Vortex pump for a Bose-Einstein condensate utilizing a time-averaged orbiting potential trap
First, the reality conditions now become significantly simpler: through an “internal Wick-rotation” along the Killing direction, one is led to consider real SU (1, 1) connections in place of the complex SU (2) ones (Ashtekar & Varadara jan, 1992a).
Overview and Outlook
Firstly, the result of a polymorphic analysis is reusable. A subprogram or a library program that may be used in different places need not to be analysed separately for its different uses.
A Polymorphic Groundness Analysis of Logic Programs
First, spin transitions in muonium (µ+ e−) have been used to place a bound on ˜bJ for the muon (see (55) for the definition of ˜bJ ) [150].
Modern tests of Lorentz invariance
In the lower row, we multiply by 2 as we move to the right and add to the result the corresponding digit in the first row, but placing only the “units” in the lower row and the “tenths” in the top row.
Watermarking Using Decimal Sequences
The proof in differs in two ways: First, in place of the AGR factorization, Killip–Nenciu use a (Householder) factorization as a phase factor times a product of reflections.
CMV matrices: Five years after
We have also discussed how multiple security issues must be addressed before pervasive systems become a trustable environment to perform important tasks. In the first place, the identities of the system’s clients need to be verified in a way that is both secure and transparent.
Balancing transparency, efficiency and security in pervasive systems
Firstly, the translator, as it parses a JOOIP program, identifies all embedded Lucid expressions and conceptually replaces them by a regular Java variable Lucid expr i, where i means it is the i-th embedded Lucid expression placed in the JOOIP.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
What are the electrical properties of this network? First of all, all the geometrical and topological properties of networks at the percolation threshold are still in place; this is a transport problem on top of the original percolation problem.
Criticality in the Integer Quantum Hall Effect
First of all, the growth of correlations is approximately the same for all the simulations, in the regime where clustering takes places on scales small compared to the box size.
Clustering in N-Body gravitating systems
First, we assume the residuals shown in Figure 1 are the result of GWs and use them to place new limits on the GWB.
New Limits on Gravitational Radiation using Pulsars
First, the muon detectors must be placed downstream in the muon filter, imposing a lower threshold of muon momentum and thereby cutting off direct measurement of the lowest part of the neutrino energy spectrum.
Accelerator Neutrino Beams
First, we borrow a packing argument on the sphere from and refine it in Lemma 4.5 for the present setting, i.e., we show how many q -separated nodes can be placed in a certain distance to a reference node, see also Figure 4.1.
Stability Results for Scattered Data Interpolation by Trigonometric Polynomials
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