early bird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n early bird a person who gets up very early in the morning
    • n early bird a person who arrives early before others do
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.
    • Early bird an early riser
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Quotations

  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The early bird gets the worm.”
  • Anne Baxter
    Anne Baxter
    “It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes.”

Idioms

Early bird catches the worm - The early bird catches the worm means that if you start something early, you stand a better chance of success.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. árlíceǽr, before.

Usage

In literature:

Married, while the early morning sun was shining, and the birds singing their morning hymn.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
The next morning the humming bird flew like the wind and reached the goal early in the day.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
These, too, are early birds.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
Very early Bessie knew the songs of birds and delighted in them.
"Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind" by Frances Martin
And, singing with the early birds, her daily task begins.
"Vocal Expression" by Katherine Jewell Everts
This instinct controls the movements of many birds from early autumn to the commencement of the breeding season.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
It is seeing birds early that is to be deprecated, not his being taught how to range.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
He went out into the fresh early morning; all the birds were singing merrily, and merry was the heart of Theseus.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
The season having been very mild, the pairing of the birds had begun very early.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
It is unfortunate that many of them fall early and get spoilt by birds.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
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In poetry:

There is some one must hear the tune,
And feel the thrilling words,
As flowers feel, in early June,
The wings of humming-birds.
"Unaware" by Maurice Thompson
Why art thou not awake, my son?
The birds upon the bough rejoice;
And I thus early by thee stand,
To hear with theirs thy tuneful voice.
"The Call" by Jones Very
But never yet from smiling river,
Or song of early bird, have they
Been greeted with a gladder welcome
Than whispers from my heart to-day.
"The First Flowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Many birds and the beating of wings
Make a flinging reckless hum
In the early morning at the rocks
Above the blue pool
Where the gray shadows swim lazy.
"Margaret" by Carl Sandburg
In all her early, brightest, days,
When Holland won immortal praise
Her Spanish tyrant's dread!
She play'd not her heroic part
With spirit, nobler than the heart,
Of one mild bird she bred.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
For his least look, scant acres yield:
each finger-furrowed field
heaves forth stalk, leaf, fruit-nubbed emerald;
bright grain sprung so rarely
he hauls to his will early;
at his hand's staunch hest, birds build.
"Ode For Ted" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Spartan runners win fifth Early Bird Tournament.
Boardman junior Mark Hadley came in first for the second consecutive year while leading the Spartan cross country team to a fifth straight Salem Early Bird Invitational championshi.
Emily Mantor does not hold a spot in the Class A preseason individual cross country rankings, but the United South Central junior standout made a strong bid for one during Friday's Early Bird Invitational in Fairmont.
Throughout my high school and college career I always considered myself to be an early bird .
Be sure to register and secure your housing before the early bird rate expires on Friday, August 10.
Strictly Contents' early-bird deadline approaching.
Early-bird tickets on sale for Sci-Quest's Mad Scientist Ball in August.
If you've yet to register for the Connections Convention and Trade Show taking place from September 4-7 in Las Vegas, you have until Friday, July 13 to do so and still qualify for early-bird pricing.
Bird in Indiana, the early days .
The Northville Falcons got the early jump, but it was a different breed of birds that hoisted the Section II Class D championship plaque.
In Business, Early Birds Twitter Most Effectively .
Your best excuse as to why you missed getting your early-bird ski pass — although you still bought a full-fare pass — will win you a refund.
(WGGB) — A Springfield family is left devastated after an early-morning garage fire kills twelve of their pet birds.
It all starts with the Early Bird Brunch and fundraiser at Squatter's Pub Brewery, 147 W 300 South.
Hangout Fest early bird tickets sell out 'within five minutes'.
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In science:

Instead, the course model is an implementation of the so-called early-bird pattern ().
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
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