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BASE. Something low; inferior. This word is frequently used in composition; as base court, base estate, base fee, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"I gave it all I could getting to first base," Boggs said.
Wills was a pesky player who focused on getting to first base. He had just 268 extra-base blows out of 2,134 career hits, which means than seven out of every eight hits were singles.
After helping out damsel in distress Cher (Pauline Such) but not even getting to first base with her, Mumble is then lured by sex-on-legs Lau Tan (Amy Chung) to the home of a triad boss, who hires him to find his missing daughter - none other than Chef.