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number one

num·ber one inf. • n. 1. oneself: you must look after number one. 2. a person or thing that is the best or the most important in an activity or area: businesses that were number one in their markets. ∎  a best-selling record or book: an album featuring seventeen top movie themes and six number ones. 3. used euphemistically to refer to urine, esp. in reference to children. 4. a lieutenant junior grade in the navy or the coast guard. 5. (or number two, etc.) the shortest (or next shortest, etc.) men's haircut produced with electric hair clippers. • adj. most important or prevalent: a number-one priority. ∎  best selling: a number-one album.

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