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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.
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.
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.
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.
watch someone like a hawkkeep a vigilant eye on someone, especially to check that they do nothing wrong.
watch somebody/something like a ˈhawkwatch 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.