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break camp

To pack up one's belongings and leave a campsite. We need to break camp and head back to town before nightfall.
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break camp

to close down a campsite; to pack up and move on. Early this morning we broke camp and moved on northward. Okay, everyone. It's time to break camp. Take those tents down and fold them neatly.
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break camp

to fold up and pack a tent and other equipment used to camp We broke camp yesterday and hiked to town, where we caught a bus back to the city.
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break camp

Take down a tent and pack up other gear; also, leave a place, move out. For example, The landlord has to return my rent deposit before I'll break camp. Originally camp denoted a military encampment, but by the mid-1500s the term had been transferred to temporary outdoor sites used by hunters and the like. By the 19th century, the current term was in use. Thus, "It is the hunter's rule to see that the fire is extinguished ... before breaking camp." (F.H. Guillemard, Cruise of Marchesa I, 1886).
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break camp

To pack up equipment and leave a campsite.
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