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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 of early bird
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • "I'm always an early bird, so I don't mind," and Dan slung on his jacket with despatch.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • "The early bird got the worm this time, I'm sure," said Mrs. Jo, merrily.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • Both artists dined heartily and early bird was not forgotten when the artists returned to their drawings.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • First come first served, and the early bird laps up the cream.

  • The gates were padlocked together, and the blinds were drawn in the lodge; evidently the keeper was not an early bird.

  • Grodman was not an early bird, now that he had no worms to catch.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • Didn't you tell him I was the early bird gone out to catch the worm?

  • Perhaps you have heard that the early bird catches the worm.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • There are few small things more exasperating than this early bird with the worm of his conceit in his bill.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for early bird

early bird

noun
1.
(informal) a person who rises early or arrives in good time

Early Bird

noun
1.
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 See also Intelsat
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Slang definitions & phrases for early bird

early bird

modifier

: an early-bird session/ early-bird radio program

noun phrase

  1. A person who habitually gets up early in the morning; one who greets the dawn • Based on the proverb ''The early bird catches the worm,'' attested fr the 1670s
  2. A person who arrives early at a gathering, the office, etc
  3. The first train, bus, airplane, etc, of the day (1883+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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