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dawn patrol

a flight, especially during the early days of military aviation, undertaken at dawn or early morning in order to reconnoiter enemy positions.
Origin of dawn patrol
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The nine others chosen for dawn patrol signaled their readiness.

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  • Here was a mission so much more exciting than any dawn patrol.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dawn patrol

dawn patrol

noun phrase

  1. The act of getting up very early in the morning, to get a head start on the day
  2. Golfers or surfers who head out early to beat others to the course or waves

[fr early days of military aviation, when flights were undertaken at dawn to reconnoiter enemy positions]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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