look out for

phrasal verb

Definition of look out for 

1 : to be aware of and try to avoid (something dangerous or unwanted) In buying a home, there are many potential problems (that) you should look out for. Look out for that pothole!

2 : to take care of or protect (someone or something) I can look out for myself. She is supposed to be looking out for our interests.

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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