English version

first-string

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Sport
first-stringˌfirst-ˈstring adjective [only before noun]  DSa first-string player in a team plays when the game begins because they are the most skilledsecond-string
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first-stringThat holder was the first-string quarterback, so Stewart had created a job opening.They also have incurred some important injuries, including the loss of first-string quarterback Steve Young for several games.
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