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false dawn

noun
1.
zodiacal light occurring before sunrise.
Origin of false dawn
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • false dawn was spreading its dim fanlight over the eastern horizon as he coptered back to his official quarters in the city.

    The Ambassador Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • If a sun is to rise on that world, then not even a false dawn yet shows.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • The science of the Renaissance differs from that of the false dawn in Greek times in the fact of fruitfulness.

  • It was a beautiful night, just paling into a false dawn in the east.

  • Then as the blackness lifts, in the dim light of the false dawn filtering through the window of the mountain hut.

  • 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
  • Yes, America is now in the false dawn, and as sure as America lives, the true dawn must follow.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • "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
British Dictionary definitions for false dawn

false dawn

noun
1.
zodiacal light appearing just before sunrise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for false dawn
noun

something promising that comes to nothing

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