I've seen just 'there's always a first' without 'time' and 'for everything'. Is it a standard usage?

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"There's a first time for everything" is a standard phrase.

"There's always a first time for everything" also makes sense. There are many instances of that text if you do a search.

Conversely, "there's always a first" is not very common. We can try to invent a situation where that's the right expression. For example:

"Who was the first European explorer to sail in the Pacific Ocean?"

"Well... somebody had to be first. There's always a first."

In this case, "the first" is "the first person", not "the first time".

"Can I just say..."

No, they're not synonymous.

  • I've never heard "There's a first time for everything" with 'always'
    – Katy
    Feb 11, 2020 at 17:16
  • @Katy, updated the answer.
    – Sam
    Feb 11, 2020 at 19:15
  • Never seen it, but there's always a first.
    – SteveC
    Feb 11, 2020 at 20:52

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