watch (someone or something) like a hawk

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of watch (someone or something) like a hawk

: to watch (someone or something) very carefully
  • The storeowner watches those teenagers like a hawk whenever they come in because she's afraid they're going to steal something.

Word by Word Definitions

watch play
  1. : to keep vigil as a devotional exercise

  2. : to be awake during the night

  3. : to be attentive or vigilant

  1. : the act of keeping awake to guard, protect, or attend

  2. : the state of being wakeful

  3. : a wake over a dead body

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

hawk play
  1. : any of numerous diurnal birds of prey belonging to a suborder (Falcones of the order Falconiformes) and including all the smaller members of this group

  2. : a small board or metal sheet with a handle on the underside used to hold mortar

  3. : one who takes a militant or combative attitude (as in a dispute) and advocates immediate vigorous action

  1. : to hunt birds by means of a trained hawk (see 1hawk 1) : to practice falconry

  2. : to soar and strike like a hawk (see 1hawk 1)

  3. : to hunt (someone or something) in flight like a hawk (see 1hawk 1)

  1. : to raise by trying to clear the throat

  2. : to forcefully spit out (something, such as phlegm) : hock:5

  3. : to utter a harsh guttural sound in or as if in trying to clear the throat

  1. : an audible effort to force up phlegm from the throat

  1. : to offer (something) for sale by calling out in the street


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