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or cock crowing

[kok-kroh or kok-kroh-ing] /ˈkɒkˌkroʊ or ˈkɒkˌkroʊ ɪŋ/
the time at which a cock characteristically crows; daybreak; dawn.
Origin of cockcrow
1350-1400; Middle English. See cock1, crow2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When he wakes at cockcrow the revellers are nearly all asleep.

    Symposium Plato
  • She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow.

  • As for sleep, never at cockcrow was I more wakeful than at this moment to-night.

    Christmas Light Ethel Calvert Phillips
  • This morning, too, I arose (joyous and full of love) at cockcrow.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The epistles shall be ready by night, and you shall ride at cockcrow.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • What possesses all you women to be out at cockcrow in this fashion?

  • Mine own forerunner am I among this people, mine own cockcrow in dark lanes.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Over and over, quicker and quicker sounded the tune of "cockcrow."

    The Child's World Hetty Browne, Sarah Withers, W.K. Tate
  • And at night he worked in his office until the midnight cockcrow.

    A Certain Rich Man

    William Allen White
  • Now, when the man was to set off and buy he was up and away at cockcrow, long before dawn.

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
British Dictionary definitions for cockcrow


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