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break cover

To suddenly and quickly emerge from a place of hiding or protection. We had to break cover as the enemy line advanced toward our position. Hunting dogs are especially good at forcing birds or other animals to break cover.
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break cover

Suddenly emerge from a hiding place, as in The shots distracted our pursuers long enough so that we could break cover and make a run for it . This term originally alluded to animals being hunted, a frequent usage in the 16th century. Now that hunting is a less common pursuit, it is used for human beings.
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break cover

emerge into the open; suddenly leave a place of shelter.
Break cover originally referred to a hunted animal emerging from the undergrowth in which it had been hiding.
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break cover

To emerge from a protected location or hiding place: The platoon broke cover and headed down the road.
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He said: ``He loved chasing the small birds that would break cover and he would look down at me as if to say `it's great up here -come and join me'.
The car is not scheduled to break cover until next Tuesday's launch day at Rocking-ham.
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TORY leader Iain Duncan Smith was today waiting to see if his opponents would break cover as he battled for his job.
TV SPOOKS Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen break cover for the first time since she walked out on her husband and baby son for her co-star in the BBC1 spy series.
Also, yesterday's announcement means that any other groups or individuals who have been thinking about buying Rangers will now have to break cover. However, it does look increasingly likely RFC Holdings are the only show in town.