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dawn of a new day

A new or fresh beginning, or a turning point that achieves as much. With their first democratically elected leader in office, many in the nation felt that it was the dawn of a new day.
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handbags at dawn

A confrontation or disagreement that is highly aggressive, emotionally expressive, and/or highly dramatic, but which does not end or result in violence. Used originally and primarily in reference to football (soccer) players, who would be sent off if they engaged in violent actions, the phrase is a play on the clichéd "pistols at dawn," indicating a forthcoming pistol duel. Primarily heard in UK. It was handbags at dawn between the two players, who had been verbally taunting one another throughout the match.
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at the crack of dawn

 and at the break of dawn
Fig. at the earliest light of the day. Jane was always awake at the crack of dawn. The birds start singing at the break of dawn.
See also: crack, dawn, of

darkest hour is just before the dawn

 and It's always darkest just before the dawn.
Prov. When things are extremely bad, it may signal that they are about to get much better. Jill: I feel like giving up. I don't have a job, my boyfriend left me, and they're raising the rent for my apartment. Jane: It's always darkest just before the dawn.
See also: before, dark, dawn, hour, just

dawn (up)on someone

Fig. [for a fact] to become apparent to someone; [for something] to be suddenly realized by someone. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Then it dawned upon me that I was actually going to have the job. On the way home, it dawned on me that I had never returned your call, so when I got home I called immediately.
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from dawn to dusk

Fig. during the period of the day when there is light; from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun. I have to work from dawn to dusk on the farm. The factory runs from dawn to dusk to produce hats and gloves.
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It's always darkest just before the dawn.

See The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
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at the crack of dawn

very early in the morning We had an eight o'clock flight so we were up at the crack of dawn.
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dawn on you

to suddenly understand something It finally dawned on him that she'd been joking and he was worried for no reason.
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at the crack of dawn

very early in the morning We had an early flight so we were up at the crack of dawn.
See also: crack, dawn, of

The darkest hour is just before the dawn.

something that you say which means a bad situation often seems worse just before it improves There's still a chance she might recover. The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
See also: before, dark, dawn, hour, just

a false dawn

something which seems to show that a successful period is beginning or that a situation is improving when it is not
Usage notes: False dawn is the light which appears in the sky just before the sun rises in the morning.
His victory in the French Open proved to be a false dawn after he failed to win another title for the next five years.
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light dawns

if light dawns on you, you suddenly understand something He was lying to me, but it was months before the light dawned. (often + on ) Light dawned on me when I heard she knew my mother.
See also: dawn, light

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]
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dawn on

Also, dawn upon. Become evident or understood, as in It finally dawned on him that he was expected to call them, or Around noon it dawned upon me that I had never eaten breakfast. This expression transfers the beginning of daylight to the beginning of a thought process. Harriet Beecher Stowe had it in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852): "The idea that they had either feelings or rights had never dawned upon her." [Mid-1800s]
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light dawned, the

Understanding came at last, as in They couldn't figure out where they went wrong, but then the light dawned-they'd turned right instead of left . This expression transfers the beginning of dawn to human perception. [c. 1800]
See also: light

dawn on

or dawn upon
To begin to be perceived or understood by someone; become apparent to someone: It dawned on me that I had forgotten to pick up some milk. A possible motive for the crime dawned upon the detective.
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The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the fastest growing liquid market hub in North America with the largest underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
Within minutes of being born in 1966, Dawn was rushed into surgery when doctors realised she was having problems breathing.
Unheard of anywhere in the modern motor industry until now, the roof of the Rolls-Royce Dawn operates in almost complete silence in just over 20 seconds at a cruising speed of up to 50kph.
In late April, Dawn will be close enough to Ceres to begin its 14-month mission to map the dwarf planet in a quest for clues about the formation of the solar system.
1996) suggest that dawn singing should vary with changing social environments and should thus vary among breeding stages with female fertility and competitive interactions with neighbors.
Changing North American natural gas supply dynamics have increased market demand for transportation capacity on the Dawn to Parkway system," said Mark Isherwood, vice president of business development--storage and transmission at Union Gas.
LOGAN, Utah -- New Dawn Technologies, a Logan, Utah-based company, is wrapping up its most successful year to date.
We felt we could understand everything, but we just needed someone to stand back, look it all over and make suggestions in plain English," says Dawn.
I'd always been a big fan of the show, but I had absolutely no idea they were casting for Dawn.
Debbie Abrahamson, a member of the Spokane Tribe, says that Dawn Mining's proposal takes a deplorable situation and makes it worse.
Glady was stunned at my request, but phoned four days later to say she and her husband would be thrilled for Dawn to have her first job.
Dawn is originally from the Buckeye state and attended The Ohio State University where she majored in Agricultural Economics/ Agricultural Communications.
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet.
ATyNA (CyHAN)- Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has seen a jump in its approval rating despite the indictment of several of its members following the murder of an anti-fascist rapper, a poll showed Sunday.