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early bird

1. Someone who is more active and alert in the early hours of the morning than later in the day; an early riser. I tried dating an early bird once, but since I like to sleep in late, it didn't really work out. I suppose it's more out of necessity than anything, but I turned into an early bird as soon as I had kids.
2. Someone who arrives early to an event. We'd better have everything ready for the garage sale—the early birds will be here sniffing around before we get a chance to set up.
See also: bird, early

early bird

 
1. . Fig. a person who gets up early. I never miss sunrise. I'm an early bird. The early birds were up at dawn and ready for breakfast.
2. Fig. a person who arrives early. The early birds get the best seats. There were some early birds who arrived before the party was set to start.
3. Fig. having to do with early arrival. (Usually hyphenated.) Early-bird arrivals will be given a free cup of coffee. The early-bird special this week is a free six-pack of iced tea for the first 100 visitors.
See also: bird, early

early bird

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.
See also: bird, early
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on April 10, 2009 automatically qualify for a bonus early-bird drawing on April 25, 2009.
All tickets purchased before the early-bird deadlines will remain eligible for the grand-prize drawing.
The community is invited to enjoy a barbeque, participate in football-themed kids' kicking and passing activities, tour the model homes at Cortile - including the model of the grand-prize home - and see the first early-bird prize, a new Toyota Prius.
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Attendees can take advantage of the early-bird rate by registering on or before August 22, 2006.
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Albion have over 21,000 season ticket holders, which is the club's limit, and new applicants will be asked to place a pounds 50 deposit, making them eligible for the early-bird prices, and will be added to a first come, first served waiting list.
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