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first string

A group of players that play regularly or start games for a sports team.

first′-string′ adj.



1. composed of regular members, participants, etc.
2. foremost; main.
first′-string′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.first-string - of members of a team; not substitutes
regular - in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle; "his regular calls on his customers"; "regular meals"; "regular duties"
2.first-string - being a regular member of a team; "first-string players"
primary - of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"
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O'Brien outlined plans for Sunday's meeting in Leopardstown, where Moore will partner Investec Derby favourite John F Kennedy on his seasonal debut in the P W McGrath Ballysax Stakes, stating: "Ryan is coming over on Sunday and will be riding our first-string horses in the trials.
Moore, who rode Ruler Of The World to win the 2013 Investec Derby for O'Brien, rides the first-string horses for the trainer tomorrow, while O'Brien jnr takes VVCONTINUES page 12
O'Brien last won the race with Henrythenavigator in 2008 and Camelot looks to be his first-string after heading the market through the winter months.
First-string quarterback Adam Grindrod extended the Jets lead with his second rushing touchdown of the season before James Pimperton got two points back for the Eagles late on.
Solihull and Shirley's first-string proved much too strong for KRS in Men's Division One as they reeled off an 8-1 win.
Do we really need an entire chapter on Kerrey's struggles to make the first-string high school football squad?
Solihull's Claire Lyte and Luisa Cowper, of Sutton Coldfield, the stars of the first two days with five out of six victories, could manage only one win against the third pair, despite holding eight match points against the Berkshire first-string, British international Heather Matthews and Sarah Flood.
A first-string United team should have more than enough to put a few past Olympiakos.
It doesn't take our (missing) first-string athletes for us to play good baseball, and if we play good baseball with this group, we can compete with anybody.
Jockey bookings suggests he's the Richard Hannon first-string - Richard Hughes prefers him to stablemate Sixx - while at least for now, 6f looks his optimum distance.