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false dawn

zodiacal light occurring before sunrise.
Origin of false dawn
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If a sun is to rise on that world, then not even a false dawn yet shows.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • The moon had set and false dawn was burning on the far horizon.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • It was a beautiful night, just paling into a false dawn in the east.

  • Like the birds, it had wakened and begun to sing at a false dawn.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The rocket towered, winged and monstrously checkered in white and orange, against the first flickerings of the false dawn.

    The Hills of Home Alfred Coppel
  • Then as the blackness lifts, in the dim light of the false dawn filtering through the window of the mountain hut.

  • "But it is a false dawn," said the Abb Susini of Olmeta, himself an insatiable reader of newspapers, a keen and ardent politician.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • The moon was low down, and there was just the glimmer of the false dawn that comes about an hour before the real one.

British Dictionary definitions for false dawn

false dawn

zodiacal light appearing just before sunrise
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Contemporary definitions for false dawn

something promising that comes to nothing's 21st Century Lexicon
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