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hawks and doves

Respectively, those who favor or support aggressive military action, especially regarding foreign policy, versus those who are inclined to more peaceful, diplomatic solutions. After the terrorist attacks, the hawks in Congress demanded a unilateral attack on the foreign nation, while the doves among them maintained that diplomatic sanctions would be effective for the time being.
See also: and, dove, hawk

between hawk and buzzard

Caught between two extremes or two factions. The settlers on the border of the two warring states found themselves caught between hawk and buzzard.
See also: and, buzzard, hawk

know a hawk from a handsaw

To be able to tell two things apart. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Of course I know which twin is which, I know a hawk from a handsaw, after all!
See also: hawk, know

watch someone or something like a hawk

Fig. to watch someone or something very carefully. The teacher watched the pupils like a hawk to make sure they did not cheat on the exam. We had to watch our dog like a hawk in case he ran away.
See also: hawk, like, watch

watch somebody like a hawk

to look at someone very carefully She had a horrible boss who watched everyone like a hawk.
Usage notes: usually said about someone who looks for people to do something wrong
Etymology: based on the idea that a hawk (type of bird) can see small objects from great distances
See also: hawk, like, watch

have eyes like a hawk

if someone has eyes like a hawk, they notice everything The supervisor has eyes like a hawk, so be careful she doesn't catch you eating at your desk.
See also: eye, have, hawk, like

watch somebody like a hawk

to watch someone very carefully, especially because you expect them to do something wrong I was being watched like a hawk by the shop assistant.
See also: hawk, like, watch

watch like a hawk

Observe very closely, as in I was watching him like a hawk, but I never did see him take your wallet. This simile alludes to the hawk's exceptionally keen sight.
See also: hawk, like, watch


1. n. someone who supports a warlike U.S. defense policy. (Compare this with dove.) The hawks want to raise taxes and buy tanks.
2. in. to cough mightily; to cough something up. The cold has had me hawking for a week.
3. and the hawk n. the cold winter wind. (see also Mr. Hawkins.) Man, just feel the hawk cut through you!

the hawk

See hawk
See also: hawk
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Sitting in a strip-mall deli, Hawkes didn't much resemble the kind of person who frightens pedestrians.
For example, in Of Reformation (1641-42), when Milton hopes that corrupt bishops will spend eternity in hell, Hawkes describes him as "slavering with anticipation at the prospect" and attributes his attitude to "the tradition of perverted sadism in Christian depictions of Hell.
Those, Hawkes said, include 300,000 man-hours of construction time that provided jobs during a recession and a boost for local businesses that supplied the project, including a company in neighboring Gadsden County that handled the controversial millwork.
Mr Hawkes makes signifi-cant personal efforts to reform his behaviour.
It was also suggested that in 2010, Mr Hawkes was planning to realise the assets of Neath Rugby Limited by selling debentures at up to PS10,000 each from its WRU ticket allocation.
One singer said: "Since joining Rock Choir I have had some amazing experiences and performed in so many different places, but I never thought we'd be singing along with people like Chesney Hawkes and Kiki Dee.
Outside work, Mr Hawkes was an avid collector, and wrote an antiques column for the Post.
Coun Hawkes, who also visited the Bedworth and Jubilee Centres, said: "I am absolutely delighted that the Everyone Active staff have chosen to support my charity in such a novel way.
A key feature of this system is that Gieves & Hawkes can easily manage the flow of content on the screen and change it remotely, which is of crucial importance given the prime location of the technology.
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The Faust Myth contains an astonishing thesis, which Hawkes presents with astonishing boldness.
Neath chairman Geraint Hawkes and Ospreys boss Mike Cuddy both claimed success last week following the end of a costly legal battle which threatened the region.
Mostly excavated in 1928-29 in the wake of chalk quarrying, these were meticulously published in 1958 by Hawkes (then Chadwick); a further two (graves 203 and 204) from her own excavations were given substantial discussion in 1981.
Hawkes shows how the body's various systems and structures cooperate to produce a remarkable living machine.