chicken hawk

noun

Definition of chicken hawk

1 : a hawk that preys or is believed to prey on chickens
2 disparaging : a person who strongly supports or promotes a war or warlike policies but who has never served in the military His strong ties to the military and his reluctance to use force … made him an ideal man for the job, and his battle wounds from Vietnam gave him the moral authority to answer the chicken hawks who opposed the contraction of the military.— Dana Milbank
3 slang : a man who pursues boys or young men for sexual purposes

First Known Use of chicken hawk

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chicken hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chicken%20hawk. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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