Synonyms for break cover

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This was succeeded by an irresistible impulse to break cover.

Better let him get ahead, whoever he is, before we break cover.

He is waiting for companions, and watching to see which way we break cover.

It was his first sight of a terrier, and he realized that to break cover was certain death.

All four now sprang erect, waiting eagerly for the crippled game to break cover.

The deer duly harboured, the next thing is to rouse him, and force him to break cover and run for dear life.

Stationing the men around where the bear was likely to break cover, I went in with the dogs to drive him out.

At last I saw a single kangaroo, a fresh one of immense size, break cover, with Tip about forty yards in his rear.

Then of course you never intend us to see much of the sport; for after you break cover, you are entirely lost to us.

It was of no use: he would not break cover; so I determined to ride in and hunt him up.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-12c., from Old French covrir (12c., Modern French couvrir) "to cover, protect, conceal, dissemble," from Late Latin coperire, from Latin cooperire "to cover over, overwhelm, bury," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + operire "to close, cover" (see weir). Related: Covered; covering. Military sense is from 1680s; newspaper sense first recorded 1893; use in football dates from 1907. Betting sense is 1857. OF horses, as a euphemism for "copulate" it dates from 1530s. Covered wagon attested from 1745.

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