first and foremost
- (set phrase) Primarily; most importantly.
- 1845 October – 1846 June, Ellis Bell [pseudonym; Emily Brontë], Wuthering Heights: A Novel, volume IX, London: Thomas Cautley Newby, publisher, […], published December 1847, OCLC 156123328:
- "There are many things to be considered before that question can be answered properly," I said, sententiously. "First and foremost, do you love Mr. Edgar?"
- 2018, James Lambert, “A multitude of ‘lishes’: The nomenclature of hybridity”, in English World-Wide, page 2:
- First and foremost, there is currently lacking any single text which comes close to cataloguing the great variety of terms in use.
primarily; most importantly