Bright and Early

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Meaning of Idiom 'Bright and Early'

Bright and early means very early in the morning; early enough to be able to do something that is to occur very early in the morning. 1,2,3


"We have to be up bright and early to make it to the airport on time."

"If you want to go fishing, it's best to get started bright and early."

"I want to get on the road bright and early. We have a long drive tomorrow."


Used since the early 1800's.

The word bright in the idiom probably refers to the brightness of the rising sun. 4

1. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
2. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
3. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
4. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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