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  • n. the first of a series of actions


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  • In the chain restaurants back home Italy has yet to be overrun by them this essential first step has not been forgotten, but it has mutated into a standardized greeting: Good evening and welcome to Micklefords.

    The Italian Summer

  • Founded in a strategic location near the entry to Syria, it was an important first step in spreading Hellenic civilization, which the king would repeat all the way to India.

    Alexander the Great

  • Self-revelation is purported to be—perhaps demonstrated to be—the first step in self-actualization.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Rubbing his chin thoughtfully, Gold said, “If we take this first step together, will Viceroy Narjam follow?”

    Creative Couplings

  • This was the first step towards independence, which was completely realized in 1755 by the authorized formation of a classis.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The first step is to work with your physician to test for pathogens in the gut—bacteria, yeast, and parasites—all of which can be tested for through high-quality stool tests, coupled with a lactulose breath test for bacterial overgrowth.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • OUR HOPE THAT THE EVACUATION of PLO forces from Lebanon would mark the beginning of a new and comprehensive peace process and a first step toward a final resolution of the great problems bedeviling the Middle East went up in the smoke of a terrorist bomb three weeks after the PLO forces left Beirut.

    An American Life

  • “All of you will take the oath in two days, the first step on the great road to becoming a communist,” continues Vera Pavlovna as she looks at Dimka.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • To begin with, he adored the gamealways the first step in becoming a player.

    The Italian Summer

  • The vital first step in that process was making a very precise burn called “LOI-1,” the basic Lunar Orbit Insertion.

    First Man


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