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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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The airworthiness certification covers all five production RQ-4A Global Hawk vehicles delivered so far to the Air Force.
Launching this new television station and bringing more Hawks games back to broadcast television in Atlanta is happening because of great timing, a receptive market and a truly dedicated group of players and fans," said Andy Beskin.
Just before noon, Global Hawk air vehicle 3 touched down at Edwards after completing the final leg of its journey home, a 23-hour flight from Australia.
Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems and Mission Systems sectors developed and integrated the new sensor with the Global Hawk plane, which is produced in Palmdale.
Designed into the Night Hawk architecture is a set of hardware and software features that have allowed our customers to upgrade to the latest generation microprocessor technology by simply exchanging processor and memory boards -- preserving their investment in training, software, I/O, and peripherals.
Global Hawk proved early-on its unique value, reliability and flexibility as an intelligence asset.
For applications requiring predictable, fast response in the microsecond response-time range, the Night Hawk 6200 supports a high-performance real-time operating system - Real-Time/Power UNIX (announced today and based on SVR4.
The Navy is also interested in Global Hawk aircraft and has bought two ``A'' model airplanes for testing.
The tests by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Detachment 5, the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron and the 452nd Flight Test Squadron will help the Air Combat Command decide whether the production Block 10 Global Hawk aircraft and its sensors are ready.
PALMDALE - Palmdale-built Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft have logged more than 7,000 hours of flying time with more than half of that time devoted to the war on terrorism, its builder says.
said its maritime Global Hawk aircraft transmitted electronic reconnaissance data from Edwards Air Force Base to analysts at a U.
The unmanned Global Hawks have been in combat service steadily since 2001, program officials said.
Hawks guarding nests in trees at Thousand Oaks' Grant R.
Because of this concurrency the Air Force plans to invest in almost half of the total fleet of the new larger Global Hawks before a production model is flight tested and completed to show that the air vehicle design works as required,'' the report said.
Northrop Grumman's Palmdale plant assembles Global Hawks for the U.