a false dawn

a false dawn

a misleadingly hopeful sign

A false dawn is literally a transient light in the sky which precedes the rising of the sun by about an hour, commonly seen in Eastern countries.

1992 - Frank McLynn - Hearts of Darkness - After five weeks Clapperton seemed to recover. It proved merely a false dawn for two days later Clapperton died.


the crack of dawn

very early in the morning

Crack here means the instant of time occupied by the crack of a whip.

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