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Early Bird

Let’s add another expression to your list of English idioms! Today’s idiom is early bird. The term early bird is used to refer to someone who gets up or arrives early or someone who starts something before others, especially someone who gains an advantage of some kind by doing so. Perhaps, you have heard the following expression?
The early bird gets the worm.
It’s a proverb meaning that if you arrive somewhere or do something before other people, you will be rewarded or have better chances of success. One could also say the early bird catches the worm. There most definitely seems to be truth in this statement, don’t you think? I would love to be called an early bird, especially since I tend to be a late person. However, couldn’t there also be some truth in following quote?
The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
-Author Unknown
Is it really better to be an
early bird?
Do you remember the bird idioms in the comic below? If not, go to our archive and check our August 15-17 2011 blog entries for detailed descriptions of a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, to kill two birds with one stone and birds of a feather flock together.

English Idioms Bird

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