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keep a sharp lookout (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). They should be arriving any minute, so keep a sharp lookout. Keep a sharp lookout for a Christmas present we could give your mother. Keep a sharp lookout for the health inspector, we heard he'll be doing a surprise inspection someday soon.

be on the lookout

Watching for something or someone. Be on the lookout for my email! It will have all the instructions you need for the project. A: "What are you guys doing?" B: "We're on the lookout for mom's car, so we can tell dad to stop working on her surprise gift when she gets here."
See also: lookout, on

look out (of) something

to gaze outward from inside something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Look out of the window and see if it is raining. I looked out of the door to see what the weather was like.
See also: look, out

on the lookout (for someone or something)

watchful for someone or something. Be on the lookout for signs of a storm. I'm on the lookout for John, who is due here any minute.
See also: lookout, on

keep an eye out for

Also, keep a sharp lookout for. Be watchful for something or someone, as in Keep an eye out for the potholes in the road, or They told him to keep a sharp lookout for the police. The first expression, sometimes amplified to keep a sharp eye out for, dates from the late 1800s, the variant from the mid-1700s. Also see have one's eye on, def. 1; keep a weather eye; keep one's eyes open; look out.
See also: eye, keep, out

look out

Also, watch out. Be careful, be watchful, as in Look out that you don't slip and fall on the ice, or Watch out! There's a car coming. [c. 1600] Also see look out for.
See also: look, out

on the lookout

Also, on the watch. Vigilant, alert, as in Be on the lookout for the twins-they're somewhere on this playground, or He was on the watch for her arrival. Both phrases were originally used with upon. Upon the lookout was originally nautical usage, meaning "on duty being watchful" (as for another ship, rocks, or land); it appeared in the mid-1700s, and on replaced upon about a century later. Upon the watch was first recorded in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719), and on the watch in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1797).
See also: lookout, on

keep an eye out (or open) for

look out for something with particular attention.
1996 Guardian Keep an eye open for kingklip, a delectable fish, and the superb local hake.
See also: eye, keep, out

be on the lookout

1 keep searching for someone or something that is wanted. 2 be alert to danger or trouble.
The word lookout , which originated in naval and military contexts, was first applied, in the late 17th century, to sentries or other people employed to keep watch. The sense of ‘the action of keeping watch’, as used in this expression, dates from the mid 18th century.
See also: lookout, on

be ˈsb’s (own) lookout

(British English, informal) be somebody’s problem because they are responsible for causing it: If he wants to invest all his money in one company, that’s his lookout.It’s my own lookout if I fail this exam.
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be on the ˈlookout (for somebody/something)


keep a ˈlookout (for somebody/something)

be searching (for somebody/something): We’re always on the lookout for good computer programmers.I’m on the lookout for a good book on German history.
See also: lookout, on

look out

To be watchful or careful; take care: If you don't look out, you could fall on the ice. The campers looked out for each other on the hike.
See also: look, out
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com)-- In appreciation of many years of community service and valuable conservation efforts, WTI has renewed its commitment of financial support for the Keller Peak Fire Lookout and Butler Peak Fire Lookout through the National Forest Association's Adopt-A-Lookout Program.
Washington has 107 lookouts standing, but only 30 are staffed.
The tall windows of the nearby fire lookout tower rattle and shake.
We do know the two lookouts, Frederick Fleet, 25, and Reginald Lee, 42, each had two of the most incredible instruments for seeing at night, their eyes.
SANTA CLARITA -- The local sheriff's station received 157 fireworks complaints Tuesday night, but made just one arrest -- possibly because revelers were on the lookout for patrols.
lookouts be required to demonstrate elementary forms of non-swimming rescues.
If in the two wooden towers, lookouts would be in danger if a fire broke out, according to a Forest Service official.
At the park today you can imagine Cheyenne teepees dotting the grass 200 years ago or lookouts hidden in the hills, despite the suburbs that now cover them.
The Lane County Historical Society contracted him in 1982 to write a book about lookouts.
The lookouts, built on geographic high points, often consisted of little more than wooden platforms in trees.
As though the Forest Service's 4,000-plus campgrounds aren't enough, the agency today allows campers to use scores of abandoned or off-season fire lookouts and other structures in the western U.
Perched atop a 41-foot tower, Warner Lookout was built in 1986 as a modern replica of the cute "cupola-style" lookouts the Forest Service constructed throughout the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s.
The fire lookout, perched atop a peak about a mile from Charlton Flat picnic area, is unlike traditional tower lookouts.
Forest Service makes 18 fire lookouts in Oregon available to rent.