first fixings

first fixings

(usually pl.) Hidden blocks of wood, grounds, or plugs to which joinery is fixed.
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After first fixing on me a broad stare of astonishment, she pointedly addressed her apologies for intruding on us to the Major alone.
The first fixings are a small team of paid and unpaid advisors - agent Dave Roberts draws a fee each time he books Flint a ride, while jockey Tom O'Brien accepts rent from the teenager in return for a room in his house, but gives back advice of incalculable value when the pair mull over television replays of races.