first base

noun
1.
Baseball.
a.
the first in counterclockwise order of the bases from home plate.
b.
the position of the player covering the area of the infield near first base.
Idioms
2.
get to first base, Informal.
a.
to succeed in the initial phase of a plan or undertaking: His suggestions for labor-saving techniques never got to first base.
b.
to engage in petting that goes no further than kissing.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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first base
 
n
1.  baseball
 a.  the base that a runner must reach safely to score a hit, and the first of the three bases he must reach safely on the way to home plate in order to score a run
 b.  the fielding position nearest this base
2.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) get to first base to accomplish the first step of an undertaking

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Example sentences
He has to stop, and then re-start toward first base.
When even the outfielders get to play first base sometimes because the game
  doesn't count.
The field was set up with one end zone in left field and the other by the
  dugout on the first base side of the field.
He can play first base, third base, and the corner outfield positions.
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