the early bird catches the worm

the early bird catches the worm
also, the early bird gets the worm


  • it refers to people who arrive earlier are the ones who get the best deals
  • show up early to get the best of the stock
  • to get better deals because you got there sooner

Example Sentences

  1. The admissions in this college get filled in very early. If you really want to enroll your son here then you should remember that the early bird catches the worm.
  2. I am usually among the first people to bid for such construction contracts since all my documentation is complete and I firmly believe that the early bird catches the worm.
  3. I had told you that only the early bird catches the worm in this organization. Why did you wait for the last minute to send your application out? The seat is already taken now.
  4. She got the position because the early bird catches the worm.
  5. I got to watch the movie in spite of there being a tremendous rush because the early bird catches the worm.


The phrase is in an advisory tone which asks people to act immediately and arrive early in order to get the best of things. In the era of competition, there are usually a lot of people that turn up for good deals. This means that the people arriving early get the better of the deal and have a better stand point advantage. The metaphor comes from the fact that those birds that start their flight early have access to more worms than those who start late.

The first printed records of the proverb date back to the 1600s.

See also, early bird.


  • early bird gets the worm
  • early bird

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I did not got the ticket but my aunt got the last ticket because early bird catches the worm.

- Rishika February 11, 2020

It doesn’t tell us where it got started or the possible place of origin….things that are more serious historically. The site just seems to reiterate the definition over and over in different ways.

- Anonymous August 29, 2019

The early bird all was gets the worm

- Brock October 9, 2018

The early worm gets eaten

- Tam March 4, 2018

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

- Terry March 3, 2018

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