Definition of dawn raid in English:

dawn raid


  • 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’
    • ‘Fourteen people were arrested at addresses across the town in yesterday's dawn raid.’
    • ‘On August 14, 2000 nine hundred British, French, Italian and Pakistani KFOR troops launched a dawn raid from helicopters.’
    • ‘Explosives sniffer dog Buster unearthed a huge hidden cache of arms from an enemy camp in a dawn raid on five suspect properties.’
    • ‘In the East Midlands city, police officers conducted dawn raids on several houses that had been under surveillance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crisis ended with a dawn raid by Thai commandos.’
    • ‘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 defence case was that she struck the officer during an epileptic fit brought on by the strain of a dawn raid by several officers.’
    • ‘Two other men were arrested in dawn raids yesterday by police in Dorset and Leicestershire.’
    • ‘The authority launched a series of dawn raids on the offices of the SDBBA and some of the companies named by Doyle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 150 police officers - some armed - swooped on a York travellers' site in a massive dawn raid today.’
    • ‘Using this information, UK commandos launched a dawn raid on September 11 and freed seven hostages.’
    • ‘The dawn raid at Valley Park was part of an undercover operation to flush out drug dealers across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An attempted dawn raid on BAA shares left the Spaniards short of the 14-15% they tried to buy.’
      • ‘The Business Software Alliance and Trading Standards launched a dawn raid on a software pirate last week and came up trumps.’