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When you think of Napster, you think of music. But the first thing that struck me was that this was an important case not only for the music industry but for the whole Internet.
David Boies

Meaning of "the first thing" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF THE FIRST THING

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WHAT DOES THE FIRST THING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of the first thing in the English dictionary

The definition of the first thing in the dictionary is even one thing.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE THE FIRST THING

the fat is in the fire
the fat of the land
the father of
the Fed
the Federation
the Fens
the few
the Fiend
the Fifteen
the filth
the Fishes
the five Ks
the Five Towns
the flag
the flat
the Fleet
the Flemish
the flicker
the flicks
the Flood

WORDS THAT END LIKE THE FIRST THING

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

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

SYNONYMS

Translation of «the first thing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF THE FIRST THING

Find out the translation of the first thing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of the 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 «the first thing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

的第一件事
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

la primera cosa
570 millions of speakers

English

the 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

a primeira coisa
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রথম জিনিস
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

la première chose
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

perkara pertama
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

das erste, was
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

最初のもの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

제일 먼저 할 일
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sing 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

la 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

Die eerste ding wat
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

det första
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

det første
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of the first thing

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «THE FIRST THING»

The term «the first thing» is very widely used and occupies the 607 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «THE FIRST THING» OVER TIME

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

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10 QUOTES WITH «THE FIRST THING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word the first thing.
1
Victoria Abril
The actress they'd hired had refused to appear naked in front of the camera. I didn't like to appear naked either, but the first thing I did was take off my clothes and jump into the pool completely naked.
2
Gary Ackerman
The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don't know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game.
3
Ben Affleck
The first thing that I really understood politically and was old enough to get was the failed assassination attempt on Reagan.
4
Akhenaton
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
5
Bashar al-Assad
The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.
6
Jami Attenberg
When I was growing up in Chicago, my family and I used to go to a local chain, Hackney's, for burgers and their French fried onion loaf. I probably haven't been to one in 25 years, and yet, I once saw Donald Trump from behind in an office building and the first thing that flashed in my mind was his hair looked like that onion loaf.
7
Frank Black
The first thing that inspires any song is a chord progression. When I have one I really like, I get into the lyrics even more.
8
Jayson Blair
Well the first thing I'd say is that I'm not sure exactly what I'm supposed to do to show my remorse other than to say that I'm remorseful.
9
Niels Bohr
If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
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David Boies
When you think of Napster, you think of music. But the first thing that struck me was that this was an important case not only for the music industry but for the whole Internet.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «THE FIRST THING»

Discover the use of the first thing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to the first thing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
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
2
The First Thing Is Kill All of the Lawyers
These stories are without a doubt the freshest new beginning the world of fiction has seen for a promising new writer. And, well as we said . . . this is only a beginning.
Jeffrey Morrison, 2006
3
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
4
The First Thing Coming: Short Stories
Stories set in the Pacific Northwest of the 1960s deal with high school students, recent graduates, and men and women looking back on their first ten years as independent adults
Keith Abbott, 1987
5
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. “Avenida
Nelson Eubanks, 2003
6
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
7
The First Thing We Do . . .:
Bertram Gibbs. Dawg nodded and a silver straw magically appeared in his hand. He scooted forward on the couch and snorted a healthy hill of the drug. He adjusted the straw to his other nostril and repeated the action. Without thinking, he ...
Bertram Gibbs, 2012
8
The First Thing My Mama Told Me
A young girl celebrates the name that was chosen just for her.
Susan Marie Swanson, 2002
9
The Real Thing
What happens when a pretend boyfriend wants more than make-believe? Find out in this Westmoreland novel from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson!
Brenda Jackson, 2014
10
Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" (2 Henry VI, 4.2.78). These ten words are Shakespeare's most well-known and lasting popular legacy to the law. Is it one of those key lines that seem to give us a glimpse into Shakespeare's own  ...
Daniel Kornstein, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «THE FIRST THING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term the first thing is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Michelle Obama: “The first thing we have to do”
Her marriage has made her First Lady of the United States, an office that has provided her with almost unbelievable perquisites and privileges. Yet Mrs. Obama ... «Power Line, May 15»
2
The First Thing Buhari WIll Do If He Wins, Is Jailed Me – Patience …
dame-patience-jonathan2_0 Nigeria's first lady, Patience Jonathan is not getting over her fear of prisons anytime soon. PUNCH reports that during a Peoples ... «Naija247news, Mar 15»
3
'Do The Right Thing' Helped President Obama Impress Michelle On …
“'Do The Right Thing' was actually the first thing we saw together on our first official date,” Michelle explained. “He was trying to show me his sophisticated side ... «MTV.com, Jun 14»
4
The First Thing You Do in War Is Take Over the Communications …
The panel was the best one I attended, and along with the screening of Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime (a film which reminds us ... «Huffington Post, Jun 14»
5
Scarlett Johansson Sues Author, Publisher of 'The First Thing We …
Scarlett Johannsson is suing the author and publisher of the French novel “La Première Chose qu'On Regarde” (“The First Thing We Look At”) for €50,000 ... «Variety, May 14»
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How To Find The First Thing Ever Posted To Your Facebook Wall
I was lucky enough to go to one of the first colleges that Facebook allowed into the social network, so I joined in August 2004, a few weeks before I began my ... «Business Insider, Feb 14»
7
The Elite Project of Gay Marriage
The first thing to say is that the gay rights movement has been largely an upper middle class project. Thurgood Marshall attended Lincoln University, an all-black ... «First Things, Aug 13»
8
Scarlett Johansson Sues French Publisher for Use of Her Name
In the novel The First Thing We Look At, a woman shows up at the door of a mechanic in the northern village of Somme seeking help. At first the mechanic ... «Hollywood Reporter, Jun 13»
9
Religion in Canada: The New Numbers
The first thing to note is that the census “collected information on religious affiliation, regardless of whether respondents practiced their religion.” So there are ... «First Things, May 13»
10
What Comes After Hosanna-Tabor
The first thing to note is that Chief Justice Roberts and the other justices who wrote opinions were kinder to the Obama administration than it deserved. «First Things, Jan 12»

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« EDUCALINGO. The first thing [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/the-first-thing>. Oct 2020 ».
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