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break of day

dawn; daybreak. Unabridged
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  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for break-of-day

break of day

another term for dawn (sense 1)
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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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