(you've) got to get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)

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(you've) got to get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)

It will not be easy for you to successfully do something, often something deceptive or skillful. When Mom caught me trying to sneak out of the house, all she said was, "You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool me." Sorry, but you've got to get up pretty early in the morning to beat me at poker.
See also: early, get, morning, pretty, up

gotta get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)

Rur. it would be difficult to do something (specified) because of the ability or quality involved. You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to cheat Bill Johnson. He's a sharp businessman for sure. You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to know your Bible better than Preacher Harris.
See also: early, get, gotta, morning, pretty, up