break of day

noun
dawn; daybreak.
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break of day
 
n
another term for dawn

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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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Example sentences
They walked the whole night long, and by break of day came once more to their
  father's house.
Through the frayed curtain at my window, a wan glow announces the break of day.
They walked the whole night long, and by break of day came once more to their
  father's house.
The father then borrowed an axe of the neighbour, and next morning at break of
  day they went into the forest together.
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