put first

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References in classic literature ?
As though she did not know which foot to put first, Frou-Frou started, dragging at the reins with her long neck, and as though she were on springs, shaking her rider from side to side.
At last he had found a slight thing, which he put first in his pocket, and then, on a second thought, took out again and thrust deep down into a waste-paper basket.
I do not know which to put first, the effect of Tuskegee's work on the Negro, or the effect on the attitude of the white man to the Negro.
Of course all the boys went to school; and most of them got into Class III, but Slightly was put first into Class IV and then into Class V.
He said that he had read and written letters for those who could not, but he never tried to write thoughts -- no, he could not, he could not tell what to put first, it would kill him, and then there was spelling to be attended to at the same time!
Yet the spoliation on the spot was emphasized and even put first in the demand.
needs to be put first as it is the English version which is a translation for those who do not understand it, whether residents or visitors.
The heart of my campaign is to put people first, and people can't be put first if they're excluded from the process,'' he said.
No amount of high-tech equipment will save your home if you don't put first things first.
With our aggressive business marketing plan, we plan to put First Pet Life in the public's face in a big and positive way.
The Padres put first baseman Phil Nevin on the DL Sunday, joining second baseman Mark Loretta, catcher Ramon Hernandez and starting pitcher Adam Eaton; Roberts isn't on the DL but his left knee isn't 100 percent.
SCG's mission is to provide excellent service and independent advice, with the goals of our clients always being put first.