break of day

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break of day (uncountable)

  1. Daybreak.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXIX:
      Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
      Like to the lark at break of day arising
      From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate.
    • 1897, James M. Barrie, chapter 5, in Margaret Ogilvy:
      Well, with break of day she wakes and sits up in bed.
    • 1920, Thornton W. Burgess, chapter 6, in The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum:
      "You've got to rise 'fore break of day
      If you want to fool old Mr. Jay."
    • 2001 August 6, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, "Wailing Over Whales," Time:
      Wholesale buyers and curious onlookers pack Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market at the break of day.