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HSK
teacher / husband / doctor (dialect) / CL:
HSK 1
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  *先* | 先* | *先
early / prior / former / in advance / first
HSK 3
first (of all) / in the first place
HSK 4
in advance / before the event / beforehand / prior
HSK 5
advanced (technology) / to advance
HSK 6
to lead / to be in front
HSK 6
to have priority / to take precedence
HSK 6
beforehand / in advance
HSK 6
before / previously
HSK 6
ancestor / forebears
HSK 6
originally / original / former
HSK 6
vanguard / pioneer / avant-garde
Mister (Mr.)
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
key moment / decisive opportunity
to take the lead / to show initiative
prophet
(official accolade) advanced team / exemplary group
guide / forerunner / pioneer
vanguard
Young Pioneers of China, abbr. for 少年先鋒隊|少年先锋队
to compete to be first / to contest first place
to take preemptive action / (sports) to be in the starting lineup / (of a baseball pitcher) to be the starting pitcher
priority / sth advocated first / refers to ancient tradition: Worship the river first, then the sea.
pioneer
pre-Qin, Chinese history up to the foundation of the Qin imperial dynasty in 221 BC
lead(ing) position
precondition / prerequisite
inborn / innate / natural
(official accolade) advanced individual / exemplary individual
order of priority / sequential order
daring vanguard / pioneer / leading figure
advanced level
martyr
(computing, inventory management etc) first in, first out
to dare to be first / to pioneer (idiom)
a priori (philosophy)
preferred stock
to take the lead
joy of first experience (idiom) / the pleasure of reading sth for the first time
to come first / previous / prior / beforehand / first / formerly
Mr. Bean (TV)
elders / former generations
prerequisite / precondition
at first / in the beginning
first come first served
in advance / beforehand / premature / front-end
omen
shilling (loanword)
a long way in front / to lead by a wide margin
martyr to the revolution
foresight
famous and virtuous ancestors / the great men of the past
preliminary notification / to announce in advance
fortune-teller
pioneer
striving to be first and fearing to be last (idiom); outdoing one another
worthy predecessor / distinguished person of the past / former sage
first decapitate then present your trophy (idiom); act first, report later
Young Pioneers of China (primary school league, a preparation for Communist Youth League) / abbr. to 少先隊|少先队
Ladies first!
no first use (policy for nuclear weapons) / NFU
"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
person with foresight
deceased grandfather / ancestry
feng shui master / geomancer / stock figure in folk tales, as a wise adviser or a charlatan
advance party / advance troops
in advance / ahead / before / previously
prior / preexisting
advanced weapon
To do a good job, an artisan needs the best tools (idiom). Good tools are prerequisite to the successful execution of a job
to come late and leave first / last in, first out (LIFO)
avant-garde
forebears
previously / before
herald / precursor / harbinger
To do a good job, an artisan needs the best tools (idiom). Good tools are prerequisite to the successful execution of a job
to gain the initiative by striking first (idiom); to preempt / to anticipate / preemptive
antecedent / precedent
ancestors / previous generations / my late father
to take precedence
the first impression is the strongest / to hold a preconceived notion (about sth)
of all virtues filial piety is most important (idiom)
Li Xiannian (1909-1992), PRC general and politician
strike first and gain the upper hand (idiom, martial arts term); Making the first move is an advantage.
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
(dialect) before / in the past / previously
peaceful measures before using force (idiom); diplomacy before violence / jaw-jaw is better than war-war
to gain the upper hand by a show of strength
Mr Goody-goody / yes-man (sb who agrees with anything)
"he failed to complete his quest before death" (line from the poem "The Premier of Shu" 蜀相 by Du Fu 杜甫)
the guilty party files the suit / the thief cries thief
prior probability (statistics)
pioneer / trailbreaker
to marry after getting pregnant
predictable / sth one can predict without being a clairvoyant
congenital deficiency / inherent weakness
the quick-footed climb up first (idiom) / the early bird catches the worm / first come, first served

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