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early days

The beginning period or phase of some entity, trend, or phenomenon. The phrase is used when such a thing is being recalled at a later time. In the early days of this project, I expected a very different outcome than what we have seen. Back in the early days, the company that became this multinational corporation only had four employees!
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it's early days

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it's early in the day

BRITISH
COMMON If you say that it's early days or it's early in the day, you mean that it is too soon to be sure about what will happen about a situation in the future. We haven't made much progress, but it's early days yet. The spokesman did not expect any immediate changes to pricing policy. `It is very early in the day yet.'
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it's early days

it is too soon to be sure how a particular situation will develop. British informal
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it’s early ˈdays (yet)

(British English) it is too soon to be certain about something: The new store hasn’t had many customers though of course it’s early days yet.
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Andom Ogbamariam, indicated that the number of skilled manpower which had been below 1,500 during the early days of independence has now reached about 4,500.