American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Sports Of, relating to, or being a member of the first string of a team.
- adj. First-rate.
- adj. describing the members of a sports team who play regularly at the start of a match (rather than being substituted on)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. First to play in a game; not reserved as a substitute; -- of members of a team. Also used in non-sports contexts to mean first-rate.
- adj. being a regular member of a team
- adj. of members of a team; not substitutes
“The first-string couldn't get in the end zone in the last two intrasquad scrimmages against the defense.”
“As a former first-string critic and current Drama Desk member, the protocol breach represents an important opportunity to review how utterly outmoded the protocol really is.”
“That is first-string, varsity material on Team Tea Party right there.”
“While female gender doesn't necessarily guarantee insight into women's lives, powerful first-string male critics regularly demonstrate a distressing lack of interest in plays in which women writers craft female protagonists.”
“But it is remarkable just how quickly a meme begun by one of the “first-string” leftist sites gets spread throughout the lower levels of the food chain.”
“The event has always attracted first-string investors, media and other tech insiders.”
“This is due mainly to the team starting 3-0 even without its first-string quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.”
“Kevin will start the spring as first-string quarterback, and while I've seen marked improvement in him, I want to see more.”
“The event has always attracted first-string investors, media and other ...”
“This will largely look like a remade team with a new first-string quarterback after Riley Skinner's four-year hold on that role.”
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