in the first place


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Related to in the first place: at first, to begin with, in the first instance
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Adv.1.in the first place - before now; "why didn't you tell me in the first place?"
2.in the first place - of primary import; "this is primarily a question of economics"; "it was in the first place a local matter"
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"It, unfortunately, took the hammer of the court to get the school to do what it should've done in the first place," says Jennifer Levi, a staff attorney at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston.
In testimony before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality, Denise Nagel, MD, representing the National Coalition for Patient Rights and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, stated that the only true protection to the patient is to keep sensitive medical information out of the networked computer in the first place.
The group might have been thrown off the scent by their liaison at the INS, Peter Becraft--one of the officials who helped derail Berez and his system in the first place. Bush promoted Becraft to deputy INS commissioner after September 11.