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chicken hawk

Also called hen hawk. (not used scientifically) any of various hawks said to prey on poultry.
Slang. an older man who seeks out young boys as sexual partners.
Origin of chicken hawk
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The goshawk and chicken-hawk, in the amount of damage done, far exceed all other birds of prey.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • Thenceforth the chicken-hawk and its every marking were familiar to him.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • "There wouldn't be any chicken-hawk around here in these woods," said Joan.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Oh, yes; about the same way an old hen loves a chicken-hawk.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • So they did go an' see chicken-hawk about it an' pay chicken-hawk so much.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • When the sister know that chicken-hawk took the clothes they came out of the water all t'ree of them.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • That notion of Dorothy's was as wild as—as the flight of that chicken-hawk sailing over the barnyard.

    Dorothy Evelyn Raymond
  • That man's afraid o' me—jess as 'fraid as a chicken-hawk is of a gun, seh!

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • During that time chicken-hawk took up all three of them clothes an' gone on a high tree where them can see him.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • She actilly did seem as if she was made out of steel springs and chicken-hawk.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Word Origin and History for chicken-hawk

chicken hawk


type of hawk that is believed to prey on domestic fowl, 1802, American English. Figuratively, from the secondary senses of both words, "public person who advocates war but who declined significant opportunity to serve in uniform during wartime," at least 1988, American English. From chicken (n.) + hawk (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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