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early doors

Definition of early doors in English:

British informal Early on, especially in a game or contest: you should try to wind up their star player early doors
[Apparently originally with reference to admission to a music hall some time before the start of the performance]
More example sentences
  • We need to make sure we get into games early doors so we are not having to come from behind.
  • In fact they cheated all afternoon, targeting Chris Cusiter at early doors, killing the game in rucks and all the time being nasty, niggling and brutish.
  • He's throwing out cards like a croupier early doors and the game could end up being a farce if he's not careful.
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