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  *先* | 先* | *先
early / prior / former / in advance / first
Mister (Mr.)
teacher / husband / doctor (dialect) / CL:
advanced (technology) / to advance
to lead / to be in front
to have priority / to take precedence
first (of all) / in the first place
vanguard / pioneer / avant-garde
early or late / priority / in succession / one after another
to rush (to do sth urgent) / to try to be the first / to forestall
to precede others / in advance
to take the lead / to show initiative
in advance / before the event / beforehand / prior
beforehand / in advance
guide / forerunner / pioneer
before / previously
lead(ing) position
advanced level
(official accolade) advanced team / exemplary group
Young Pioneers of China, abbr. for 少年先鋒隊|少年先锋队
inborn / innate / natural
(official accolade) advanced individual / exemplary individual
order of priority / sequential order
pre-Qin, Chinese history up to the foundation of the Qin imperial dynasty in 221 BC
initial / arising first / same as 首先發起|首先发起
ancestor / forebears
key moment / decisive opportunity
preferred stock
priority / sth advocated first / refers to ancient tradition: Worship the river first, then the sea.
to come first / previous / prior / beforehand / first / formerly
congenital / intrinsic / innateness
to compete to be first / to contest first place
martyr to the revolution
elders / former generations
prerequisite / precondition
precondition / prerequisite
in advance / beforehand / premature / front-end
first come first served
a long way in front / to lead by a wide margin
famous and virtuous ancestors / the great men of the past
Young Pioneers of China (primary school league, a preparation for Communist Youth League) / abbr. to 少先隊|少先队
daring vanguard / pioneer / leading figure
shilling (loanword)
striving to be first and fearing to be last (idiom); outdoing one another
worthy predecessor / distinguished person of the past / former sage
previously / before
Mr. Bean (TV)
ancestors / previous generations / my late father
to gain the initiative by striking first (idiom); to preempt / to anticipate / preemptive
prior / preexisting
a priori (philosophy)
deceased grandfather / ancestry
to dare to be first / to pioneer (idiom)
joy of first experience (idiom) / the pleasure of reading sth for the first time
preliminary notification / to announce in advance
to take the lead
To do a good job, an artisan needs the best tools (idiom). Good tools are prerequisite to the successful execution of a job
To do a good job, an artisan needs the best tools (idiom). Good tools are prerequisite to the successful execution of a job
at first / in the beginning
antecedent / precedent
strike first and gain the upper hand (idiom, martial arts term); Making the first move is an advantage.
herald / precursor / harbinger
of all virtues filial piety is most important (idiom)
lit. first impression is strongest
the late Emperor
The first concern is affairs of state, enjoying the pleasure comes later. Quotation from essay On Yueyang Tower 岳陽樓記|岳阳楼记 by Song writer Fan Zhongyan 范仲淹
Mr Goody-goody / yes-man (sb who agrees with anything)
advanced weapon
to gain the upper hand by a show of strength
predictable / sth one can predict without being a clairvoyant
Ladies first!
to take precedence
congenital deficiency / inherent weakness
"Mr Science", phrase used during the May 4th Movement 五四運動|五四运动 / abbr. for 賽因斯|赛因斯 / see also 德先生
foresight / prescience
the quick-footed climb up first (idiom) / the early bird catches the worm / first come, first served
lit. the clumsy bird flies early (idiom); fig. to work hard to compensate for one's limited abilities
to come late and leave first / last in, first out (LIFO)
person with foresight
advance party / advance troops
in advance / ahead / before / previously
deceased paternal grandmother
foresight / having foresight / person of foresight
feng shui master / geomancer / stock figure in folk tales, as a wise adviser or a charlatan
lit. the duck is the first to know if the spring water is warm (idiom) / fig. an expert in the field knows which way the wind blows
Li Xiannian (1909-1992), PRC general and politician
the pavilion closest to the water enjoys moonlight first (idiom) / to benefit from intimacy with an influential person
"Mr Democracy", phrase used during the May 4th Movement 五四運動|五四运动 / abbr. for 德謨克拉西|德谟克拉西 / see also 賽先生|赛先生
(dialect) first of all / in the first place

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