early bird


Definition of early bird 

1 : an early riser

2 : one that arrives early and especially before possible competitors

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To visit the Decorators' ShowHouse, get an early bird ticket before April 27 for $20. Joe Songer, AL.com, "Take a sneak peek inside the 2018 Decorators' ShowHouse," 26 Apr. 2018 The death toll for early birds can be as high as 70 percent. National Geographic, "Birds That Leave Nest Too Late Can Endanger Their Families," 25 June 2018 But these early birds suffer as a result: Their death toll can be as high as 70%, compared with just 12% for species that are late bloomers. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Time to fly? Birds that leave the nest at the wrong time can bring disaster on the whole family," 20 June 2018 Cost: Register online before June 1 and get the early bird special rate of $175 per week. Caitlin Granfield, miamiherald, "Your child will never be bored at these camps | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 Antarctica for early birds Antarctica is one of those trip-of-a-lifetime experiences. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018 Turing Tumble is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, with the full game offered at a pledge as low as $55 for early birds. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Brilliant Mechanical Computer Is Built for Gaming," 30 May 2017 Image Night owls may be at greater risk for depression than early birds. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Night Owls May Have Higher Depression Risk," 20 June 2018 Ellington had early Bird rights this offseason, which meant the Heat can surpass the cap to pay him 175 percent of his $6.23 million salary this past season, which would have allowed the Heat to pay him as much as $10.9 million next season. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Wayne Ellington agrees to deal with Heat," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of early bird

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for early bird

from the proverb, "the early bird catches the worm"

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