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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, between, 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

have eyes like a hawk

To be very observant. (Like all birds of prey, hawks have excellent vision.) Mom has eyes like a hawk, so she'll definitely notice if you sneak some of those cookies out of the kitchen.
See also: eye, have, hawk, like

watch (someone or something) like a hawk

To watch someone or something very closely. Hawks, like all birds of prey, are known for having extremely acute vision. Ms. Finnegan was watching me like a hawk during that entire test. Did she think I was going to cheat? I've been watching the site like a hawk to see if the price goes down, but so far it's only decreased by a few dollars.
See also: hawk, like, watch

the hawk

The cold, biting winter wind. The term likely originated in African-American communities in Chicago. Primarily heard in US. It's not even November and the hawk is already out. I have a feeling it's going to be a long, long winter. Be sure to bundle up, or the hawk will cut right through you.
See also: hawk

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 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

watch someone like a hawk

If you watch someone like a hawk, you pay close attention to everything they do, usually to make sure that they do not do anything wrong. Some guys just sit there and watch her like a hawk, dead sure she's trying to cheat. If we hadn't watched him like a hawk, he would have gone back to London. Note: Hawks have very good eyesight, and are able to see small animals or objects from a great height.
See also: hawk, like, someone, watch

have eyes like a hawk

miss nothing of what is going on around you.
See also: eye, have, hawk, like

watch someone like a hawk

keep a vigilant eye on someone, especially to check that they do nothing wrong.
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have eyes like a ˈhawk

be able to notice or see everything: Mrs Fielding’s bound to notice that chipped glass. The woman has eyes like a hawk! ▶ ˌhawk-ˈeyed adj.
A hawk is a kind of bird of prey (= a bird that kills other creatures for food), and can see small things from very far away.
See also: eye, have, hawk, like

watch somebody/something like a ˈhawk

watch somebody/something very carefully: Unless you watch him like a hawk, he’ll go off without finishing the work. OPPOSITE: turn a blind eye (to something)
A hawk is a bird that kills other creatures for food, and can see small things from very far away.


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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Hawking completely lost his ability to speak in 1985 and relied solely on a computerized voice system.
Hawking analyzed the "event horizon" located at the edge of a black hole.
"People have searched for mini black holes of this mass, but have so far not found any," Hawking said in a 2016 lecture.
The actor, who played Prof Hawking in the TV film, Hawking, in 2004, said he was "so sad to hear that Stephen has died" and that he will raise a margarita, which they once shared together, "to the stars".
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Doctors had then said that Hawking had only two years to live, despite which he went to (http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-stephen-hawking-20180313-story.html) study  at Cambridge and became one of the most brilliant and well-known theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.
The impression of Hawking's diminishing body was reinforced by costume designer Steven Noble, who clad Redmayne in larger garments as the film advanced, and by production designer John-Paul Kelly, who provided increasingly bigger wheelchairs.
McCarten says Hawking was hesitant about the movie at first--"What man really wants his story told by his ex-wife?" McCarten asks--but warmed up to it after reading the script.
Hawking's extended body is the ever-changing collective or assemblage of assistants, machines, physicists, PhD students, diagrammers, journalists, nurses, archivists, family members, the ethnographer herself and his own flesh-and-blood body, who produce, reproduce and stabilize the identity of both Hawking and HAWKING (with capital letters), but which also allow for a place to disrupt it.
Old Etonian and Cambridge graduate Eddie described Hawking as "an incredibly amazing man".
The pictures are on show in the Science Museum,.ondon, which Professor Hawking describes as one of my favourite places'.
Early life: Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 to Frank Hawking, a research biologist, and Isobel Hawking.
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This is an update and abridgment of Hawking's classic Brief History of Time and will appeal to listeners wanting a taste of physics.
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