false dawn


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false dawn

A situation that looks like it is beginning to improve when, in reality, it is not. Barb thought her marriage was beginning to improve when her husband came home in a good mood, but it proved to be a false dawn when he handed her divorce papers. Everyone was happy when they heard that they were all getting a raise, but it turned out to be a false dawn when management cut all of their hours.
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a false dawn

mainly BRITISH, JOURNALISM
COMMON If an event is a false dawn, it seems to show that something is improving or something successful is happening, but in fact it is not. The new age of enterprise which the Government hoped would revitalise Britain in the Eighties turned out to be a false dawn. Everything they have said is sensible but we have had a lot of false dawns with this company before.
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a false dawn

a misleadingly hopeful sign.
A false dawn is literally a transient light in the sky which precedes the rising of the sun by about an hour, commonly seen in Eastern countries.
1992 Frank McLynn Hearts of Darkness After five weeks Clapperton seemed to recover; it proved merely a false dawn for two days later Clapperton died.
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The win over Bangor was a false dawn for Prestatyn says assistant boss Martin Jones
Knowing the difference between this false dawn and the real dawn is important for the timing of prayers in the Islamic world," National Geographic News quoted Geza Gyuk, an astronomer with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, as saying.
NICK Easter is convinced England's victory over Wales is the start of a bright future and not just another false dawn.
We saw a false dawn at the beginning of the year when recovery in the financial markets were wiped out by a second wave of crises such as at RBS and Lloyds.
Spurs won seven and drew the other of their eight summer friendlies, scoring 33 goals, but it proved to be a false dawn as they then suffered their worst start to a season for 34 years, and go into today's clash with Wigan seeking their first League win.
That victory over St Johnstone nine years ago in Harri Kampman's first match in charge proved to be a false dawn but even at this early stage Mark McGhee's debut success over the Paisley Saints provided a lot of reasons for optimism among the travelling Well fans.
7% of gross domestic product by 2015, NGOs want to make certain that these figures do not represent a false dawn for developing countries.
The recovery appeared to be a false dawn as Chris Glynn touched down to score, with Emmett hitting the conversion between the posts.
As such, while this recovery is genuine in terms of economic data, and is likely to continue while sentiment is positive, it is likely to be a false dawn if subjected to a destabilising event.
False Dawn both queries the phenomenon's supposed homogeneous logic and is a passionate denunciation of its driving force: strident US-style free market economics.
In the first, False Dawn, the young New Yorker Lewis Raycie makes a grand tour of Europe, buying pictures so far in advance of the taste of his time that his father disinherits him.
Pay TV in Latin America - Economic Miracle or another False Dawn shows where the power is concentrated among operators in the region and although there are still many hundreds of tiny operators, much power rests with the big three - DirecTV, Telmex International and Telefonica.
A BETTER-than-expected performance by manufacturers has shone a ray of hope on the UK economy but economists warned it may be a false dawn.
My hopes are suddenly raised again, but I just hope it is not another false dawn.
Provide that instead of yet another false dawn and the cheers will be thunderous, but for the moment the only show in town that matters is the promotion attempt of Chris Hughton (left), Colin Calderwood and the players.