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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

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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The other boys having met with about the same luck as the main party, we broke camp at once, and moving down the river about four miles to get out of the sweep of the mountains, made camp.
The peace campaigners broke camp only this week, and the old bags had the nerve to suggest that they made this world a safer place.
But Alexander broke camp with the varsity last season, the Patriots pleased with his continued development.
On the day the club broke camp, the injury only served to further muddle whatever personnel decisions are still to be made.
Tyson broke camp in Phoenix last week to return to the family home in Maryland, but signs of a reconciliation are not good.
With the Freeway Series opening tonight in Anaheim, Dodgers manager Jim Tracy offered the following admonition before the club officially broke camp on Thursday:
The group quickly broke camp and headed down the mountain, spreading out at the riskier slopes to minimize the chance that more than one would be caught in a slide.