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21st November 2019

That's a first

We use this expression to say that something has never happened before - and we are surprised.
Usage
Written: 
Yes
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
Jim invited me for a drink on Saturday.
That's a first - he doesn't normally like going out.
Example 2
Hamid was here early today.
That's a first - He's normally at least 30 minutes late!