Suddenly emerge from a hiding place, as in The shots distracted our pursuers long enough so that we could break cover and make a run for it. This term originally alluded to animals being hunted, a frequent usage in the 16th century. Now that hunting is a less common pursuit, it is used for human beings.
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How to use break cover in a sentence
They took cover inside a print works to the north east of Paris, where they held a member of staff as a hostage.
Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the Mexico that U.S. college students would be wise to steer clear of on spring break.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I was already over forty, had hardly a nickel in my pocket and this was the biggest break in my life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Until concern trolls like Sarah Ditum came along trying to cover it up again.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
All elements of expression modify each other, so that no mere rule can cover all cases.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The Vine is a universal favorite, and rarely out of view; while it often seems to cover half the ground in sight.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Were you ever arrested, having in your custody another man's cash, and would rather go to gaol, than break it?
If old Piegan Smith hadn't been sampling the contents of that keg so industriously he would never have made a break.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
He thus decoyed them away, and the fortunate couple were enabled to reach the British lines under cover of the darkness.The Red Year|Louis Tracy