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.
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