to begin with

  1. before now
    why didn't you tell me in the first place?
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  • To begin with the surface is coherent – now and again she smiles sadly at the charm he manages to bestow on that foul-smelling tannery – but as she turns the pages she sees it start to break down. Rachel Cusk | Portraits
  • Any campaign pushing for a name change has to begin with our own media, officials and the people on the street.
  • If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certaintics. 
  • To begin with, his stertorous breathing fell just short of snoring. Shameless
  • Beats me, but I guess it means a figure of that stature and not, as you say, someone who invented a genre out of his own protean imagination and virtuosity, all of which is just so alien to the idea of electronica to begin with. Hamster; Dance – The Bleat.
  • Your approach will work but the sail will not be nearly as good as one designed as a staysail to begin with.
  • They were heading for the bullseye to begin with, but then the target started to accelerate it speeded up.
  • Because of the way dogs have been breed, there is little genetic variation within purebred dogs and many breeds of dogs began with a very small number of dogs, so they had little genetic variation to begin with.
  • To begin with, he sketches the canoe routes, touching on the fur trade and the penetration of the continent by the voyageurs.
  • The hotel was awful! To begin with, our room was far too small. Then we found that the shower didn't work.
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