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peep of day/ peep of dawn/peep of morning
Lately I stumbled on the extravagant for me phrase “ the peep of dawn”. This cane to be by reading a covered with dust issue of the Scott’s “Quentin Durward”.
By peep of day Quentin Durward had forsaken his little cell, had roused his sleepy grooms, and, with more than his wonted care, seen that everything was prepared for the day’s journey.
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the phrase in question is common in contemporary English?
peep of dawn = at daybreak = towards break of day = by daybreak
Thanks for your efforts.
Re: peep of day/ peep of dawn/peep of morning
Due to the subtle meaning suggested by the word peep, I would read it to mean the point at which the tiniest little bit of sun appears over the horizon at sunrise. The sun is just "peeping" over the horizon. But your general understanding is correct.
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