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Think Indonesia and tourism, and the first thing that comes to mind is probably Bali. Think golf holiday, and most people would dream of Scotland or Ireland. But Indonesia harbors one of the best-kept secrets in the world of travel: it is a golfer's paradise.
Raymond Bonner

Meaning of "first thing" in the English dictionary

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WHAT DOES FIRST THING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of first thing in the English dictionary

The definition of first thing in the dictionary is as the first action of the day.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FIRST THING

first principle
first quarter
first reading
first refusal
First Reich
First Republic
first responder
first school
First Sea Lord
First Secretary
first strike capability
first string
first things first
First Triumvirate
first violin
first water
First World
First World War
first year
first year infants

WORDS THAT END LIKE FIRST THING

anything
bathing
be on to a good thing
breathing
clothing
everything
fishing
get down on something
know-nothing
last thing
nothing
something
soothing
sunbathing
teething
the first thing
the other thing
the real thing
the thing
thing
Worthing

Synonyms and antonyms of first thing in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «first thing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FIRST THING

Find out the translation of first thing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of first thing from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «first thing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

第一件事情
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

primera cosa
570 millions of speakers

English

first thing
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पहली बात
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أول شيء
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

первое, что
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

primeira coisa
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রথম জিনিস
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

première chose
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Perkara pertama
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

erste, was
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

最初のもの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

먼저
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pisanan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

điều đầu tiên
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முதல் விஷயம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पहिली गोष्ट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ilk şey
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

prima cosa
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pierwszą rzeczą,
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

перше , що
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

primul lucru
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

το πρώτο πράγμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

eerste ding
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

första
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

første
5 millions of speakers

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FIRST THING»

The term «first thing» is very widely used and occupies the 14.896 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FIRST THING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about first thing

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10 QUOTES WITH «FIRST THING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word first thing.
1
Aravind Adiga
Indians mock their corrupt politicians relentlessly, but they regard their honest politicians with silent suspicion. The first thing they do when they hear of a supposedly 'clean' politician is to grin. It is a cliche that honest politicians in India tend to have dishonest sons, who collect money from people seeking an audience with Dad.
2
Ben Affleck
The first thing that I really understood politically and was old enough to get was the failed assassination attempt on Reagan.
3
Elena Anaya
No one told me about boys. I had to figure it out myself. The first thing I learned was that sometimes they grow slower than women mentally.
4
Karen Armstrong
Ironically, the first thing that appealed to me about Islam was its pluralism. The fact that the Koran praises all the great prophets of the past.
5
Kevin Barry
Very first thing in the morning, I spew some rough genius directly on to the laptop. Then I have coffee and rewrite for three hours.
6
Raymond Bonner
Think Indonesia and tourism, and the first thing that comes to mind is probably Bali. Think golf holiday, and most people would dream of Scotland or Ireland. But Indonesia harbors one of the best-kept secrets in the world of travel: it is a golfer's paradise.
7
Scott Brooks
To this day, I hate walnuts and I hate onions because on weekends when the walnuts and onions were in season, we were out there first thing in the morning and out there until the sun went down topping onions or picking walnuts.
8
Julie Burchill
Whenever I am sent a new book on the lively arts, the first thing I do is look for myself in the index.
9
Hilarie Burton
Isn't Googling someone the first thing everyone does?! They meet someone new and Google them!
10
Robert Carlyle
The first thing you should know about me is when I was three years old my mother left me and my father. And that was traumatic obviously for my father - he suffered a nervous breakdown at that time in his life.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FIRST THING»

Discover the use of first thing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to first thing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
First Thing Every Morning: Turn Your Life Around One Day at ...
Lewis Timberlake's insights on more than 50 topics will help you to turn your life around...one day at a time. There are 217 reflections in this book.
Lewis Timberlake, 2013
2
First Thing I See
Life changed for me in three days- the day my mother died, the day my dad married Candice and the day I met Kennedy Jenner.
VI Keeland, 2013
3
First Thing We Do, Let's Deregulate All the Lawyers
"Proposes deregulating entry into the legal profession to open up competition among and improve innovation by lawyers, reduce social costs of high legal fees, and make more efficient use of the nation's labor resources, while lowering legal ...
Clifford Winston, Robert W. Crandall, Vikram Maheshri, 2011
4
The First Thing and the Last: A Novel
The lifelong effects of violent abuse and the healing they necessitate are told here with delicacy, suspense and a veracity rarely understood well enough to clearly tell.
Allan G. Johnson, 2010
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First Things First
Offers an approach to time management based on life values, and provides methods for achieving maximum effectiveness, balance, and personal peace
Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill, 1995
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The first thing smoking
Presents seventeen interlinked stories chronicling the evolution of Maceo from an impressionable young boy to an adult black man, as he is exposed to poverty, privilege, and prejudice. #8220;Avenida
Nelson Eubanks, 2003
7
The First Thing My Mama Told Me
A young girl celebrates the name that was chosen just for her.
Susan Marie Swanson, 2002
8
The First Thing Is Kill All of the Lawyers
This book documents the true adventures of such unconventional means and allows a revelation of the corrupt system.
Jeffrey Morrison, 2006
9
First Thing Monday Morning
Is it really possible to achieve business success without compromising your beliefs? This collection of 52 business meditations, one for each week of the year, shows how to work in an "anything goes" workplace and still maintain ethics.
Dianna Booher, 1998
10
The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful ...
This book explains the keys to successful investment and the pitfalls that can destroy capital or ruin a career.
Howard Marks, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FIRST THING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term first thing is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Do you sleep with your smartphone on the nightstand?
Now, on to the guilt about not checking email first thing in the morning. To combat your guilt, I suggest that you ask yourself these three ... «The Next Web, Jul 15»
2
Life coach making 800-kilometre trek across island
"Of course, the first thing anybody does is, 'Do you want a glass of water?' So, you catch your breath and the next thing what comes out, 'I got a ... «CBC.ca, Jul 15»
3
Legendary mountaineer Sir Ranulph Fiennes reveals first thing he …
LEGENDARY mountaineer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has revealed the first thing he ever climbed - a DRAINPIPE for a secret meeting with his future ... «Plymouth Herald, Jul 15»
4
First look at iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan public betas
The first thing that I noticed, and likely the first thing that most users will notice as well come its fall release, is the new font that Apple has opted ... «BetaNews, Jul 15»
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60 seconds with a CEO: What is the first thing you do when you …
I have a very close network of friends and family whom I reach out to in times of crisis. For them, it's not my work or level of success that's ... «Bangalore Mirror, Jul 15»
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Aerobic fitness is first thing to go
The first thing to slide is aerobic fitness. After 10 to 14 days with little or no physical activity, the body's ability to effectively consume and use ... «NWAOnline, Jul 15»
7
The first thing Abby Wambach did after winning the World Cup was …
Abby Wambach is now a World Cup winner, part of the Team USA team that scored five goals against Japan's two in the final yesterday (5 July) ... «Gay Star News, Jul 15»
8
'No regrets,' lawn-chair pilot says of balloon stunt
“It is the first thing I've ever done wrong, but the police were extremely nice to me.” “Maybe we did make a few bad judgment calls, but all in all, ... «Macleans.ca, Jul 15»
9
Dysfunctional relationship should not progress to marriage
DEVASTATED: The first thing you should do is to NOT get married. Your fiancee's behaviour and your response are the very essence of ... «Peterborough Examiner, Jul 15»
10
Atheist? No such thing, says 'Duck Dynasty' and 'Faith of Our Fathers …
"Because if you get in a serious bind, the first thing you'll do is say God, please help me." Robertson is a Vietnam war vet himself, and he hopes ... «ChristianToday, Jul 15»

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