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    First come, first served

    Hi,

    What other phrases do you know to convey the same meaning as "First come, first served" ?

    Thank you.

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    Re: First come, first served

    A little less formal but, "The early bird gets the worm".

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    Re: First come, first served

    Quote Originally Posted by canadalynx View Post
    Hi,

    What other phrases do you know to convey the same meaning as "First come, first served"?

    Thank you.
    Two things. One, while Yankee gave you an interesting alternative, it doesn't mean the same thing as that expression. Two, please thank me after I help you.
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    Re: First come, first served

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Two things. One, while Yankee gave you an interesting alternative, it doesn't mean the same thing as that expression. Two, please thank me after I help you.
    So, the difference is....?

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    Re: First come, first served

    Well, they can mean the same thing. But if the early arrivals get the best parking spaces (for example) that doesn't necessarily involve service. (My opinion.)
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    Re: First come, first served

    It's a standard phrase for specific circumstances- why would you need to have alternatives?
    Last edited by Tdol; 23-Apr-2021 at 10:33. Reason: correction

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    Re: First come, first served

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's a standard phrase for specific circumstances - why would you need need to have alternatives?
    One more point. "First come, first served" is about fairness. "The early bird gets the worm" is about diligence.

    (The last word.)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Apr-2021 at 20:03. Reason: Fixed some punctuation and spacing around other punctuation
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    Re: First come, first served

    Thank you for the responses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    One more point. "First come, first served" is about fairness. "The early bird gets the worm" is about diligence.
    Interesting.

    Have you heard this one, "First in, best dressed"?
    It is seemingly used in Australia to convey the same meaning as 'First come, first served'.
    I am not sure about the level of formality and does this phrase encompass both 'fairness' and 'diligence'?
    Last edited by canadalynx; 16-Apr-2021 at 03:30.

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    Re: First come, first served

    No. I hadn't heard that one. (Don't use "about" there.) I don't know what it means (if anything).
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