first-string

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first string

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

first′-string′ adj.

first-string

(ˈfɜrstˈstrɪŋ)

adj.
1. composed of regular members, participants, etc.
2. foremost; main.
[1915–20]
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"