first off


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Adv.1.first off - before anything else; "first we must consider the garter snake"
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Well, the man was astonished, of course; and first off he looked like he didn't know whether to be scared, or glad, or both, or which, but finally he settled down to being glad; and then his color come back, though at first his face had turned pretty white.
"First off, I thought it would certainly give me the botts, but I don't mind now.
He sat down at once, and with an evidently accustomed movement slipped the straps of his wallet first off one shoulder and then off the other.