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"first of all" could be used to indicate the first part of a sequence of steps.

It sound like the tutorial is saying

first of all more line them up

what does more mean here?

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  • I think he says "first of all imma line 'em up"; where "imma" (or "ima", "i'ma" etc) is a colloquial / dialectal contraction of "I'm going to" or "I'm about to". However, I'm not entirely sure. As per my comment on the previous question about this video - it's not a local accent to me. I would expect "imma" to end with a schwa, but he does use the vowel sound of "more" so I can see why you heard that. Not sure if that's a feature of his accent or if I'm misheading. Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 21:50
  • Yes, I hear /əməh/ and interpret it as “I’m a” as in “I’m a gonna miss ya darlin’.” (I’m going to miss you darling.) This is often written as “Imma” too (although personally that orthography confuses me because I wrongly read it as rhyming with “glimmer”). I good place to hear this in popular culture is the Black Eyed Peas song “Imma be.” There is a good relevant discussion here: literalminded.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/thoughts-on-imma Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 23:41
  • @stevekeiretsu Thank you so much. Would you please move your comments to answer? I'll accept it.
    – zghqh
    Commented Feb 1, 2020 at 0:12

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I think he says "first of all imma line 'em up"; where "imma" (which may be variously transcribed "ima", "i'ma" etc) is a colloquial / dialectal contraction of "I'm going to" or "I'm about to". However, I'm not entirely sure. As per my comment on the previous question about this video - it's not a local accent to me. I would expect "imma" to end with a schwa, but he does use the same vowel sound as in "more", so I can understand why you heard that. I was not sure if that's a feature of his accent or if I was misheading, but at least one other commenter seems to agree it's "imma", so I shall post this as an answer as requested.

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