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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CREEK, n. Break of day, dawn. Also in phr. creek o(f) day, id. (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman (ed.) Douglas Aeneis, Gl., Bnff.2, Ags.2 1940). Obs. in Eng. since 16th cent. (N.E.D.). Cf. Sc. skreak o' day and Greek.Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 205:
. . . soon as the Morning Creek Has usher'd in the Day.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 46:
They ilka night were under lock an' key; An' ilka morning by the creek o' day They're sett to wark, an' snaply ca'd away.

[Mid.Du. kriecke, id., Low Ger. krik, Mod.Du. bij het krieken van den dag, at daybreak, of uncertain origin.]

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