first and last

first and last
adverb
taking everything together
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she was first and last a scientist

Syn: ↑above all

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adverb
: taking everything together : all in all : in the last analysis : altogether

she holds that he was first and last a poet — Times Literary Supplement

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first and last
Altogether
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museums are first and last about curatorship

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first and last
: at the most basic level : in all respects

This is first and last a matter of national security.

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first and last — see first, 2
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ˌfirst and ˈlast idiom
in every way that is important; completely

She regarded herself, first and last, as a musician.

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