early doors

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

When English pubs closed in the afternoon, customers who were waiting or arrived soon after the pub re-opened in the evening were known as 'early doors'.

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Adjective[edit]

early doors (not comparable)

  1. (Northern England) Early, near the start or beginning

Adverb[edit]

early doors (not comparable)

  1. (Northern England) Early; at a time before expected; sooner than usual.

Noun[edit]

early doors

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang, plural only) woman's drawers.