Definition of early or earlier on in English:

early (or earlier) on

At an early (or earlier) stage in a particular time or period: they discovered early on that the published data were wrong
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  • It was then that he remembered her as the girl who had asked Nick a question earlier on at the main stage.
  • Craig ran with his brother Mark early on before pressing on to try to get into the medal places.
  • For better or for worse, they discovered their unique sound early on and have stuck with it.
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