crack of dawn

crack of dawn

Very early morning, daybreak. For example, I got up at the crack of dawn. The crack in this term alludes either to the suddenness of sunrise or to the small wedge of light appearing as the sun rises over the horizon. Originally the term was usually put as crack of day. [Late 1800s]
See also: crack, dawn, of
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According to local sources, four Palestinian civilians were rushed to the Khalil Suleiman public hospital in Jenin to be urgently treated for the wounds and bruises they sustained after they were heavily beaten by the Israeli troops at the crack of dawn, PIC reported.
The beleaguered staff can now be seen driving 'round the block' as many as 10 times looking for a space if they show up any later than the crack of dawn.
The nights I swear last forever Whatever the weather At the crack of dawn I raise my weary head Yet still I prefer to get out of bed A hearty breakfast I normally eat Then it's back to bed for some natural sleep The Early Bird The early bird catches the worm Hot and fresh and very firm The birds awaken ever so soon They require a nap round about noon They feed their chicks with whatever they can find The chicks are not fussy they don't really mind When the sun goes down its time for bed They nest in the roof of the garden shed Early to bed and very early they rise To me the dawn chorus comes as no surprise Both poems by George McLanders
L IZMCCLARNON WAS W making &testing my own spice mixes till 2am &now I'm on my way to @ITVLorraine w/my girls @AtomicKOfficial #WorldsApart ALEXGERRARD7 KEEP waking up at the crack of dawn for some reason 5.
The challenge starts at the crack of dawn, beginning with mountain biking in the Grizedale Forest before taking to the water for a three-mile kayak on Lake Coniston.
The pair will be tending to their flock at the crack of dawn then attempting to help Hurlford cause an upset.
As well as getting up at the crack of dawn to co-host Good Morning Britain, he also finds time to front this quiz show.
THE QUEEN'S Baton relay was due to reach the foothills of Snowdon at the crack of dawn today.
As captured by Gulf News photographers Ahmed Ramzan and Clint Egbert, young and old made their presence at the walkathon at the crack of dawn to lend their support for the cause.
The report added that the American golfer is renowned for being up at the crack of dawn to play his practice rounds in the world's oldest major and he teed off at the tenth hole 20 minutes before the official time.
Some camped out while others headed to SW19 at the crack of dawn to get tickets for the opening day of the 126th grand slam championships.
Big or small, at home or at work, at the crack of dawn or mid morning, invite your friends, family or colleagues and tell them it's for a great cause.
The singer, 26, appeared on Lorraine at the crack of dawn (or 8.
Although thunderstorms threatened to derail the long-anticipated journey from the Long Island City Boathouse to Governor's Island and back, finally the decision was made to proceed the next morning, July 8, slightly later than the crack of dawn in order to take advantage of southerly flowing currents.
He''s up at the crack of dawn to host the much-maligned Daybreak, then fronts ITV1''s live football coverage, and on a Sunday evening is back in the studio for this offering.