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opener

noun
     
Related topics: Sport
o‧pen‧er [countable]
1 a tool that is used to open cans, bottles etc:
2DS the first of a series of games in a sports competition:
They are hoping to win tomorrow's opener against New Zealand.
3

for openers

a) British English as a beginning or first stage:
For openers, the band played a couple of old Beatles songs.
b) American English used to give one reason, explanation etc for something, although there are others you might mention later too:
It's tough being a reporter. For openers, there are the long hours.

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