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or cock crowing

[kok-kroh] /ˈkɒkˌkroʊ/
the time at which a cock characteristically crows; daybreak; dawn.
Origin of cockcrow
1350-1400; Middle English. See cock1, crow2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And at night he worked in his office until the midnight cockcrow.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
  • When he wakes at cockcrow the revellers are nearly all asleep.

    Symposium Plato
  • At cockcrow next morning, he summoned his ministers before him, denounced them as false traitors and drove them all from office.

  • She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow.

  • Be very careful to pronounce double consonants really double, as in English words 'shot-tower,' 'meanness,' 'cockcrow.'

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • The epistles shall be ready by night, and you shall ride at cockcrow.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • This morning, too, I arose (joyous and full of love) at cockcrow.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • What possesses all you women to be out at cockcrow in this fashion?

  • Each day has twelve hours, twice the length of ours, of which the first begins at cockcrow.

  • Mine own forerunner am I among this people, mine own cockcrow in dark lanes.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
British Dictionary definitions for cockcrow


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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