break of day


noun

dawn; daybreak.

Nearby words

  1. break ground,
  2. break in,
  3. break into,
  4. break it up,
  5. break loose,
  6. break off,
  7. break one,
  8. break one's ass,
  9. break one's back,
  10. break one's balls

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Examples from the Web for break of day

  • We saw beautiful parrots of all colours flying across the road, besides magpies and 'break-of-day' birds, a species of magpie.

    The Last Voyage|Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • We deny not that there is something sprightly and vigorous, at the outset especially, in these break-of-day excursions.

  • Our "friends" rarely missed making a noise, and, to secure proper rest, this break-of-day penchant sent people early to bed.

  • Meantime we can make out in our break-of-day scoutings up the river that bodies of men are approaching from the east.

    With Rimington|L. March Phillipps


British Dictionary definitions for break of day

break of day

noun

another term for dawn (def. 1)
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Idioms and Phrases with break of day

break of day

Dawn, early morning, as in We'll leave at break of day, as soon as it's light, or I feel as though I've been working since the break of day. This term uses break in the sense “burst out of darkness.” [First half of 1500s] A synonym from the same period is the noun daybreak.

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