first string
a) the members of a sports team who play regularly at the start of a match (rather than being substituted on)
b) the first violinist in an orchestra.
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  • first string — first string, Sports. the players, collectively, who usually comprise the starting line up in a game, distinguished from alternates or substitutes. first string «FURST STRIHNG», adjective. 1. of or having to do with a first string: »a first… …   Useful english dictionary

  • first-string — first stringer, n. /ferrst string /, adj. 1. composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute): the first string team. 2. foremost; main: the first string critics. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • first-string — adj [only before noun] a first string player in a team plays when the game begins because they are the most skilled →↑second string …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • first-string — adj. First to play in a game; not reserved as a substitute; of members of a team. Also used in non sports contexts to mean {first rate}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • first-string — adjective first string players on a sports team are the best players …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • first-string|er — «FURST STRIHNG uhr», noun. a member of a first string, in any activity …   Useful english dictionary

  • first-string — ☆ first string [fʉrst′striŋ′ ] adj. Informal 1. Sports that is the first choice for regular play at a specified position 2. first class; excellent …   English World dictionary

  • first-string — adjective 1. of members of a team; not substitutes • Similar to: ↑regular 2. being a regular member of a team first string players • Similar to: ↑primary * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • first string — /fɜst ˈstrɪŋ/ (say ferst string) noun 1. → first violinist. 2. the most proficient player in a sporting team. –phrase 3. the first string in one s bow, one s chief skill, asset, etc. –first string, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • first string(1) — {n.}, {informal} 1. The best group of players on a team; first team; A team. * /Dick loved basketball and practiced hard until he was put on the first string./ 2. The best group of workers. * /Tom learned his trade so well that his boss soon… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • first string(1) — {n.}, {informal} 1. The best group of players on a team; first team; A team. * /Dick loved basketball and practiced hard until he was put on the first string./ 2. The best group of workers. * /Tom learned his trade so well that his boss soon… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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