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The meaning of "first among equals"

" First among equals "
The most senior person in a group of equal rank.
The British Prime Ministership is a cabinet post, no different from his colleagues, but the position is always considered to be the first among equals.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 18th century. Often used to describe the British Prime Minister and his/her cabinet, although the first usage pre-dates that.
Where is it used?:
Mostly Britain.
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