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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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TOYOTA''S compact new electric vehicle, the FT-EV II, has been designed for short-distance travel and it will break cover later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.
Sneak peek: The traffic cops, armed with speed gun, hide behind a tree; Speed trap: The officers break cover once they've nabbed a speeder
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'.
How soon young love wanes in the face of a quiff and gormless expression Wonder when she'll work out I'm not Harry Styles George and Ella break cover as they take a midnight stroll in the West End of London.
Political observers expect the Tory chief, known for his colourful ties, to break cover in the next 48 hours, especially as he has a council cabinet meeting and an important Conservative Group meeting to attend on Monday when he is expected to be reappointed as leader.
The car is not scheduled to break cover until next Tuesday's launch day at Rocking-ham.