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the early bird catches the worm

proverb
1. Someone who is very active and alert in the early hours of the morning is apt to find success. We need to get to the store early if we want to have the best selection. The early bird catches the worm, you know.
2. Someone who seizes some opportunity at the earliest point in time will have the best chance of reaping its benefits. This market could be very lucrative, but I have a feeling it will only be for those who take advantage of it early on. The early bird catches the worm, after all.
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early bird catches the worm

Also, early bird gets the worm. One who arrives first has the best chance for success, as in She's always the first one in line and does well at these auctions-the early bird catches the worm! This proverbial saying, first recorded in English in 1605, is so familiar that it is often shortened to early bird, a term also used in the sense of "early riser", as in You can call me at seven-I'm an early bird, as well as "early diner" ( This restaurant has early-bird specials at lower prices).
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

early bird catches the worm, the

Those who get there first have the best chance of success. This stricture appeared in William Camden’s book of proverbs (1605) and has remained part of the work ethic ever since. “Early bird” has been attached to restaurant offerings for diners who eat earlier than the prime hours. Such early bird specials feature lower prices. Similarly, early registration for conferences or hotels, purchases of tickets for air travel, concerts, and other events feature lower prices.
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