Meaning of early doors in English:

early doors


informal British
  • Early on, especially in a game or contest.

    • ‘you should try to wind up their star player early doors’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They try to play a very physical game and get on top of you early doors, but we've got to front up to them.’
    • ‘I know it's early doors but I'm quite optimistic about our chances this season.’
    • ‘It's hit us early doors that, if you don't get your basics right, this division will punish you.’
    • ‘We handled the pressure early doors and asked a lot of questions even without scoring a lot of tries.’
    • ‘‘We've got to take our chances and we've not got to give them a start early doors,’ adds the boss, who is trying to treat this one like just another game.’
    • ‘Cordoba himself lost to Abelyan only by a majority points decision in October 2002, so for Estrada to stop him early doors is an indication that he is no mug.’
    • ‘The English white flags, the ones without the red cross, were being flown early doors as Brazil's quality became apparent.’


    Apparently originally with reference to admission to a music hall some time before the start of the performance.