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opener

[oh-puh-ner] /ˈoʊ pə nər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that opens.
2.
a device for opening sealed containers:
can opener.
3.
the first of several theatrical numbers, variety acts, sports events, etc.:
a humorous monologue as an opener.
4.
openers, Poker. cards in a hand, as a pair of jacks or better, that according to a given standard are worth enough to enable the holder to make the first bet of a deal.
Idioms
5.
for openers, as an initially stated reason or argument; at the outset; to begin with:
Well, for openers, I don't have the money.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; open + -er1
Related forms
self-opener, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for for openers

opener

/ˈəʊpənə/
noun
1.
an instrument used to open sealed containers such as tins or bottles a bottle opener
2.
a person who opens, esp the player who makes the first bid or play
3.
the first or opening section or episode in a series
4.
(US) the first song, act, etc, in a variety show
5.
(pl) a start; beginning (esp in the phrase for openers)
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Word Origin and History for for openers

opener

n.

"one who opens," Old English openere, agent noun from open (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for for openers

for openers

adverb phrase

As a beginning; as a first move or suggestion: For openers, there's the approach via the Staten Island ferry/ So, try this for openers/ expensive, for starters

[1960s+; fr the openers, ''cards of a certain value,'' required in draw poker for beginning the betting]


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Related Terms

can-opener, eye-opener


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with for openers
Also, for starters. To begin with. For example, Out of 50 possible jurors they eliminated 30, for openers, or She believed him, which indicated, for starters, that she was very gullible. The word starters is also used for the appetizer or first course of a meal, as in For starters we had shrimp cocktail. [ Mid-1900s ]
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