[ adverb ] of greatest importance
"first and foremost, we must feed the refugees"
Used in print(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)
First_and_foremost , vocational courses should not replace courses which are essential parts of the required academic_program for graduation .(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)
The congregation is first_and_foremost an economic peer_group ; it is secondarily a believing and worshiping fellowship .(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)
He is , first_and_foremost , a defender of public morals , a servant of society .