first string

first-string

[furst-string]
adjective
1.
composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute ): the first-string team.
2.
foremost; main: the first-string critics.

Origin:
1915–20

first-stringer, noun
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n
1.  the top player of a team in an individual sport, such as squash
 
adj
2.  being a regular member of a team rather than a substitute or reserve
3.  being the top player of a team in an individual sport
4.  of high rating; first-class

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