at first blush
When first seen; without careful study.
At first blush the offer looked good, but when we studied it, we found things we could not accept.
at first glance
at first sight
After a first quick look.
At first sight, his guess was that the whole trouble between the two men resulted from personalities that did not agree.
Tom met Mary at a party, and it was love at first sight.
In the beginning; at the start; originally.
The driver didn't see the danger at first.
At first the job looked good to Bob, but later it became tiresome.
There was a little trouble at first, but things soon were quiet.
At first English was difficult for him, but later he made great progress.
I thought at first that it was Sheila calling, but then I realized that it was Betty.
cast the first stone
To be the first to blame someone, lead accusers against a wrongdoer.
Jesus said that a person who was without sin could cast the first stone.
Although Ben saw the girl cheating, he did not want to cast the first stone.
draw the first breath
Yesterday his baby drew the first breath.
Вчера родился его ребенок.
first and foremost
As the most important thing; first.
Первое; самое важное; во-первых; в первую очередь.
First and foremost they needed food.
I want you to remember to pay that bill first and foremost.
First and foremost, we must keep America free.
First and foremost they decided to build a new house.
В первую очередь, они решили построить новый дом.
first and last
Most noticeably; all the time; chiefly.
He was first and last a school teacher.
Steven joined the army because first and last he wanted to help his country.
The base that must be touched first by a baseball player after batting.
He got to first base on four balls.