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early days

The beginning period or phase of some entity, trend, or phenomenon. 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 (yet)

It is still only the beginning period or phase of some activity or situation, so it's too soon to know how things will develop or conclude. A: "Uh oh, the new product's sales aren't as high as we were expecting." B: "Well, it's early days yet, so let's just wait and see how things pan out. Sales might rally closer to the holidays." A: "So, how are things going between you and Sarah?" B: "They're going pretty well! It's still early days, of course, but I have a good feeling about us."
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it's early days

or

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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