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to start with

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishto start withto start withspoken a) BEGINNINGsaid when talking about the beginning of a situation, especially when it changes later I was pretty nervous to start with, but after a while I was fine. b) FIRSTsaid to emphasize the first of a list of facts or opinions you are stating There are problems. To start with, neither of us likes housework. start
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to start withEspecially when some people are stupid to start with, and careless of existing laws.I was nervous to start with, but after a while I was fine.I'm not going to Vegas. To start with, I don't like gambling, and I also can't get time off work.I wanted to start with something that was better and more efficient.We have decided to start with the basics.The more localized in position that it is to start with, the more quickly it will spread.Cheap merchandise was overpriced to start with, then sold on time with fantastic interest.List your private fears to start with, then your public ones, if any.Given that they're feeling unwell to start with, this can lead to tears.
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