early bird

noun
1.
a person who rises at an early hour.
2.
a person who arrives before others, as for the purpose of gaining some advantage: The early birds got the best seats for the play.
3.
(initial capital letters) Aerospace. the first of the Intelsat series of communications satellites, orbited (1965) by Intelsat.

Origin:
1885–90

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early bird
 
n
informal a person who rises early or arrives in good time

Early Bird
 
n
See also Intelsat one of a number of communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1965 into a stationary orbit and provided telephone channels between Europe and the US

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early bird definition


  1. n.
    a person who gets up early. : The early birds saw the corpse on the street and called the cops.
  2. n.
    a person who arrives early. : There were some early birds who arrived before the tea things were laid.
  3. mod.
    having to do with early arrival. : Early bird arrivals will be given a free cup of coffee.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
The early bird gets the worm-and may avoid skin cancer.
The days of the early bird catching the worm have returned.
Early bird specials are featured throughout the week, and the restaurant also
  has a happy hour with half-priced drinks at the bar.
It also holds special discount days and early bird specials.
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