on the lookout

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on the lookout

Watching for something or someone. Be on the lookout for my email in the next few days. 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." We need someone on the lookout for the police while we work on the lock.
See also: lookout, on

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

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