first-string
adjective Date: 1917 1. being a regular as distinguished from a substitute (as on a team) 2. first-ratefirst-stringer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • first string — first string, Sports. the players, collectively, who usually comprise the starting line up in a game, distinguished from alternates or substitutes. first string «FURST STRIHNG», adjective. 1. of or having to do with a first string: »a first… …   Useful english dictionary

  • first-string — first stringer, n. /ferrst string /, adj. 1. composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute): the first string team. 2. foremost; main: the first string critics. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • first-string — adj. First to play in a game; not reserved as a substitute; of members of a team. Also used in non sports contexts to mean {first rate}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first-string — adj [only before noun] a first string player in a team plays when the game begins because they are the most skilled →↑second string …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • first-string — adjective first string players on a sports team are the best players …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • first-string — ☆ first string [fʉrst′striŋ′ ] adj. Informal 1. Sports that is the first choice for regular play at a specified position 2. first class; excellent …   English World dictionary

  • first-string — adjective 1. of members of a team; not substitutes • Similar to: ↑regular 2. being a regular member of a team first string players • Similar to: ↑primary * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • first string — /fɜst ˈstrɪŋ/ (say ferst string) noun 1. → first violinist. 2. the most proficient player in a sporting team. –phrase 3. the first string in one s bow, one s chief skill, asset, etc. –first string, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • first\ string — I. noun informal 1. the best group of players on a team; first team; a team. Dick loved basketball and practiced hard until he was put on the first string. 2. the best group of workers. Tom learned his trade so well that his boss soon called him… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • first-string — {adj.}, {informal} 1. On the starting team or A team. * /He was the first string quarterback./ 2. Of the best quality; foremost. * /He was the least expensive of the city s first string lawyers./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • first-string — {adj.}, {informal} 1. On the starting team or A team. * /He was the first string quarterback./ 2. Of the best quality; foremost. * /He was the least expensive of the city s first string lawyers./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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