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day clean, day clear

[Pan-Creole; "cf. Fr. Cr. ju netyé jour nettoyé (D. Taylor). Daybreak" DJE; a calque on an African idiom, e.g. Wolof ber bu sεt dawn (lit. the day clean) (Turner 1948:7), or Mandingo dugu jεra (Dalby 179) or Yoruba ilè  (Oyedeji p.c.) it has dawned (lit. the country has become clean/clear)] n. day-break, dawn: 1918 day clear (Parsons 3). 1940 before day-clean (Dupuch 25). at day-clean (Inagua). (Gen.)

v. phr.: Day get near to clean (San Sal.). When day clean again you come in the house (Andros). (Black)

Tags: calque, noun, time, verb phrase

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Last update: 2011-02-12 01:53
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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