Phrase(s): early bird
1. Fig. a person who gets up early. • I never miss sunrise. I’m an early bird. • The early birds were up at dawn and ready for breakfast. 2. Fig. a person who arrives early. • The early birds get the best seats. • There were some early birds who arrived before the party was set to start. 3. Fig. having to do with early arrival. (Usually hyphenated.) • Early-bird arrivals will be given a free cup of coffee. • The early-bird special this week is a free sixpack of iced tea for the first 100 visitors.
McGrawhill's American Idioms And Phrasal Verbs