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Related to cockcrow: dawned


The very beginning of the day; dawn.


(ˈkɒkˌkrəʊ) or





also cock′ crow`ing,

daybreak; dawn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cockcrow - the first light of daycockcrow - the first light of day; "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning"
time of day, hour - clock time; "the hour is getting late"


The first appearance of daylight in the morning:


[ˈkɒkkrəʊ] N at cockcrowal amanecer


n (old: = dawn) → Hahnenschrei m; at cockcrowbeim ersten Hahnenschrei


[ˈkɒkˌkrəʊ] n at cockcrowal primo canto del gallo, all'alba
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She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow.
This morning, too, I arose (joyous and full of love) at cockcrow.
Everything quite all right, and he began persuading her; and she should have kept him talking till cockcrow, but she got frightened, just got frightened and hid her face in her hands.
Mine own forerunner am I among this people, mine own cockcrow in dark lanes.
Everything cleared up till there wasn't a grain left by cockcrow.
this diary seems horribly like the beginning of the "Arabian Nights," for everything has to break off at cockcrow, or like the ghost of Hamlet's father.
For the rest, she knew that after office- hours, she reigned supreme over all the office furniture, and over a locked-up iron room with three locks, against the door of which strong chamber the light porter laid his head every night, on a truckle bed, that disappeared at cockcrow.
Nay,' grunted the man, 'the old madman rose at second cockcrow saying he would go to Benares, and the young one led him away.
They agreed that each of them would leave at cockcrow and walk toward each other's village.
The guy he mentioned is a zero, and like all of the little names out there, his too "will fade at cockcrow, like a dream.
And mother, find three berries red And pluck them from the stalk, And burn them at the first cockcrow That my spirit may not walk.
But the sound we hear from welfare dependents is not whining at all: It is the cockcrow of triumph.