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first-string

[furst-string] /ˈfɜrstˈstrɪŋ/
adjective
1.
composed of regular members, participants, etc. (distinguished from substitute):
the first-string team.
2.
foremost; main:
the first-string critics.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
Related forms
first-stringer, noun
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Examples from the web for first-string
  • In pro football, it is usually understood that a starter should not lose his first-string status because of injury.
  • And it's true that both sides rested a few top players, including the first-string goalies.
  • Marks opened camp listed with the first-string defense, but he was awfully slow to recover from offseason shoulder surgery.
British Dictionary definitions for first-string

first string

noun
1.
the top player of a team in an individual sport, such as squash
adjective
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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