get to first base

get to first base
I
[usu. with negative] informal achieve the first step toward one's objective
II
see base I

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get to first base
chiefly US informal : to make the first step in a course or process that you hope will lead further
— usually used in negative statements

Her proposal to change the tax laws never got to first base. [=never had any success at all]

He kept asking her out, but he couldn't even get to first base. [=she would not agree to go on even one date with him]

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Main Entry:first base

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • get\ to\ first\ base — • get to first base (with) • reach first base (with) v. phr. To make a good start; really begin; succeed, Joe had a long paper to write for history class, but when the teacher asked for it, Joe hadn t got to first base yet. Suppose Sam falls in… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • get to first base — • get to first base • reach first base 1) make a good start, succeed I tried to meet the sales manager of the company but I couldn t get to first base. 2) to complete the first step of a series of stages towards some objective (to get past/beyond …   Idioms and examples

  • get to first base — ► get to first base informal, chiefly N. Amer. achieve the first step towards one s objective. Main Entry: ↑base …   English terms dictionary

  • get to first base — or[reach first base] {v. phr.} To make a good start; really begin; succeed, * /Joe had a long paper to write for history class, but when the teacher asked for it, Joe hadn t got to first base yet./ * /Suppose Sam falls in love with Betty. Can he… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get to first base — or[reach first base] {v. phr.} To make a good start; really begin; succeed, * /Joe had a long paper to write for history class, but when the teacher asked for it, Joe hadn t got to first base yet./ * /Suppose Sam falls in love with Betty. Can he… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get to first base — 1. to begin to have success with something that you want to do. They won t even get to first base with the directors with a proposal like that. 2. to get to the first stage of a sexual relationship, where partners kiss and touch each other. Jimmy …   New idioms dictionary

  • get to first base — do the first step, complete the first stage    He was hoping for a kiss, but he didn t get to first base …   English idioms

  • get\ to\ first\ base\ with — • get to first base (with) • reach first base (with) v. phr. To make a good start; really begin; succeed, Joe had a long paper to write for history class, but when the teacher asked for it, Joe hadn t got to first base yet. Suppose Sam falls in… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • get to first base informal, — get to first base informal, chiefly N. Amer. achieve the first step towards one s objective. → base …   English new terms dictionary

  • get to first (base) (with someone) — in. to chieve a basic or initial level of intimacy with someone, such as getting some attention or even getting kissed. □ I’m too hy. I just know I can’t get to first base with her …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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