Definition of dawn raid in English:

dawn raid

noun

  • 1A surprise visit at dawn, especially by police searching for criminals or illicit goods.

    ‘armed police carried out a dawn raid’
    ‘five men have been arrested in a dawn raid on a caravan site’
    • ‘Last month more than 20 people were arrested after police and Trading Standards officers launched a series of dawn raids in the UK in an orchestrated crackdown on software pirates.’
    • ‘He was eventually arrested on November 15 when police mounted a dawn raid on a house different from the one he was using in September.’
    • ‘A total of five people were arrested in a series of dawn raids yesterday and police predicted many more would be arrested over the following days and weeks.’
    • ‘Using this information, UK commandos launched a dawn raid on September 11 and freed seven hostages.’
    • ‘The police clearly took the reports of a similar find in Australia seriously, and last Friday Sydney police launched a dawn raid on a modest two-storey house in the suburbs.’
    • ‘Two other men were arrested in dawn raids yesterday by police in Dorset and Leicestershire.’
    • ‘More than 150 police officers - some armed - swooped on a York travellers' site in a massive dawn raid today.’
    • ‘In the East Midlands city, police officers conducted dawn raids on several houses that had been under surveillance.’
    • ‘The 11 other men, aged between 23 and 40, were arrested at eight addresses following dawn raids by Leicestershire Police and the Anti-Terrrorism Branch.’
    • ‘One of the suspects was arrested in a dawn raid on Alexandra township, as police followed up on leads.’
    • ‘Violent criminals terrorising the streets of Leeds felt the full weight of the law yesterday when 70 uniformed and specialist officers launched dawn raids as part of Operation Target.’
    • ‘The defence case was that she struck the officer during an epileptic fit brought on by the strain of a dawn raid by several officers.’
    • ‘On August 14, 2000 nine hundred British, French, Italian and Pakistani KFOR troops launched a dawn raid from helicopters.’
    • ‘The authority launched a series of dawn raids on the offices of the SDBBA and some of the companies named by Doyle.’
    • ‘Explosives sniffer dog Buster unearthed a huge hidden cache of arms from an enemy camp in a dawn raid on five suspect properties.’
    • ‘The crisis ended with a dawn raid by Thai commandos.’
    • ‘Fourteen people were arrested at addresses across the town in yesterday's dawn raid.’
    • ‘A suspected drug dealer was arrested during a dawn raid on his house, the latest in a series of weekly busts by Merton police.’
    • ‘The dawn raid at Valley Park was part of an undercover operation to flush out drug dealers across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’
    • ‘The man from Gloucester was today still being questioned - as is a 33-year-old man held after a dawn raid by anti-terrorism police in Birmingham.’
    1. 1.1British Stock Market
      An attempt to acquire a substantial portion of a company's shares at the start of a day's trading, typically as a preliminary to a takeover bid.
      ‘the dawn raid on BAA shares’
      • ‘The Business Software Alliance and Trading Standards launched a dawn raid on a software pirate last week and came up trumps.’
      • ‘During a dawn raid, a firm or investor aims to buy a substantial holding in the takeover-target company's equity by instructing brokers to buy the shares as soon as the stock markets open.’
      • ‘An attempted dawn raid on BAA shares left the Spaniards short of the 14-15% they tried to buy.’
      • ‘The company, which owns the Sunday Herald, spent #70 million on acquiring a 14.9% stake in the ownership of Radio Clyde and Radio Forth in a dawn raid on the Stock Exchange on Friday morning.’
      • ‘A week ago, SMG made a dawn raid on SRH's shares, in a signal that it was ready to launch a takeover at the first opportunity.’
      • ‘Even though only 15% of a firm's stock can be captured in a dawn raid, this percentage is often enough for a controlling interest.’