first and foremost


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I wish first and foremost to propitiate the great goddess Minerva, who manifested herself visibly to me during yesterday's festivities.
Do you know whether the First and Foremost Phanfasm of Phantastico is at home or not?
Never had the love of the prisoner been more sincere than at the time at which we are now arrived, when in the contest between the black tulip and Rosa the tulip had had to yield to her the first and foremost place in Cornelius's heart.
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