noun \ˈhk-ˌsh\

Definition of HAWKSHAW

:  detective

Examples of HAWKSHAW

  1. <the firm hired a hawkshaw to find out who was fencing stock from their warehouse>

Origin of HAWKSHAW

from Hawkshaw, detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor
First Known Use: 1888


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