firststring

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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first-string

adjective
1. of members of a team; not substitutes 
2. being a regular member of a team; "first-string players" 
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