To break cover

To break cover
Cover Cov"er (k?v"?r), n. 1. Anything which is laid, set, or spread, upon, about, or over, another thing; an envelope; a lid; as, the cover of a book. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; a cloak. ``Under cover of the night.'' -- Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

A handsome cover for imperfections. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

3. Shelter; protection; as, the troops fought under cover of the batteries; the woods afforded a good cover. [1913 Webster]

Being compelled to lodge in the field . . . whilst his army was under cover, they might be forced to retire. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

4. (Hunting) The woods, underbrush, etc., which shelter and conceal game; covert; as, to beat a cover; to ride to cover. [1913 Webster]

5. That portion of a slate, tile, or shingle, which is hidden by the overlap of the course above. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

6. (Steam Engine) The lap of a slide valve. [1913 Webster]

7. [Cf. F. couvert.] A tablecloth, and the other table furniture; esp., the table furniture for the use of one person at a meal; as, covers were laid for fifty guests. [1913 Webster]

{To break cover}, to start from a covert or lair; -- said of game.

{Under cover}, in an envelope, or within a letter; -- said of a written message. [1913 Webster]

Letters . . . dispatched under cover to her ladyship. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • break cover — Ⅰ. ► break cover (of game being hunted) emerge into the open. Main Entry: ↑break Ⅱ. ► break cover suddenly leave shelter when being pursued. Main Entry: ↑cover …   English terms dictionary

  • break cover — phrasal or break covert : to start from a covert or lair the hunted fox broke cover * * * break cover 1. (of eg a fox) to burst out from concealment 2. To come out of hiding • • • Main Entry: ↑break * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • break cover — also break covert phrasal to start from a covert or lair …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • break cover — v. come out from a protected location or hideout …   English contemporary dictionary

  • break cover — suddenly leave a place of shelter when being hunted or pursued. → send someone to Coventry …   English new terms dictionary

  • break cover — to suddenly appear from where you have been hiding …   English dictionary

  • break cover — idi to emerge, esp. suddenly, from a place of concealment …   From formal English to slang

  • To break cover — Break Break (br[=a]k), v. t. [imp. {broke} (br[=o]k), (Obs. {Brake}); p. p. {Broken} (br[=o] k n), (Obs. {Broke}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breaking}.] [OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • break — ► VERB (past broke; past part. broken) 1) separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain. 2) make or become inoperative; stop working. 3) interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course). 4) fail to observe (a law, regulation, or… …   English terms dictionary

  • cover — ► VERB 1) put something over or in front of (someone or something) so as to protect or conceal. 2) spread or extend over. 3) deal with. 4) travel (a specified distance). 5) (of money) be enough to pay for. 6) (of insurance) protect against a… …   English terms dictionary