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Proverbs containing the word First

Win at first and lose at last

This is a saying among card-players. Those who win in the early stages of the game usually finish up as losers.

He that would the daughter win, must with the mother first begin

Most mothers exercise a considerable influence over their daughters, so to gain the goodwill of the mother is a important step towards marrying... Read more →

First thrive and then wive

The wording is old but the lesson is as fresh as ever. Don’t marry until you can well afford to do so.

First impressions are most lasting

We may have met a person many time since our first meeting, but his or her appearance as it struck us then is the one that lingers longest in... Read more →

First come, first served

This is the penalty of lateness. Those who arrive early get a better choice. 'I bought a lovely dress for two pounds at the sale,' Mary told her... Read more →

Discontent is the first step in progress

Were we all completely satisfied with the existing state of affairs, there would be no progress. It is only when we are not content wit the... Read more →

First catch your hare

You cannot cook and eat it until you have caught it, which may not be easy. Don't decide what you are going to do with a thing until it is in... Read more →

The first blow is half the battle

Whoever gets his blow in first catches his adversary at a disadvantage. Here, for the sake of example, is a description of a football... Read more →

Self-preservation is the first law of nature

We often use this as an excuse for our own selfish conduct - for 'looking after number one'.

Cast not the first stone

Before condemning anyone who has done wrong, ask yourself whether your own conduct has been blameless. The proverb derives from the story told... Read more →