All four now sprang erect, waiting eagerly for the crippled game to break cover.
This was succeeded by an irresistible impulse to break cover.
Then of course you never intend us to see much of the sport; for after you break cover, you are entirely lost to us.
Better let him get ahead, whoever he is, before we break cover.
It was of no use: he would not break cover; so I determined to ride in and hunt him up.
He is waiting for companions, and watching to see which way we break cover.
That by day is by battue, when a whole tribe turns out to “beard the lion in his den” and make him break cover.
It was his first sight of a terrier, and he realized that to break cover was certain death.
The sergeant was hastily sending out our squad to investigate the birches, when a bunch of men were seen to break cover from them.
The deer duly harboured, the next thing is to rouse him, and force him to break cover and run for dear life.
mid-12c., from Old French covrir (12c., Modern French couvrir) "to cover, protect, conceal, dissemble," from Late Latin coperire, from Latin cooperire "to cover over, overwhelm, bury," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + operire "to close, cover" (see weir). Related: Covered; covering. Military sense is from 1680s; newspaper sense first recorded 1893; use in football dates from 1907. Betting sense is 1857. OF horses, as a euphemism for "copulate" it dates from 1530s. Covered wagon attested from 1745.
early 13c., in compounds, from cover (v.). Meaning "recording of a song already recorded by another" is 1966. Cover girl is U.S. slang from 1915, shortening of magazine-cover girl.