at the crack of dawn

at the crack of dawn
Meaning: very early in the morning.
Example: The tsunami hit the shores of Japan at the crack of dawn, which shattered the entire shore to one miles deep.

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AuthorJEL writes on 9th June 2018

There are many theories as to the origin of this phrase. One is when the first rays of sunlight rise above the horizon and hit the rocks of hills or mountains, the rocks immediately start to warm and, depending on the rocks, can emit cracking sounds. Hence, the crack of dawn.

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