hawk-shaw

hawkshaw

[hawk-shaw]
noun
a detective.

Origin:
1900–05; after Hawkshaw, a detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor

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hawkshaw
"detective," U.S. slang, from name of the detective in "The Ticket-of-Leave Man," 1863 play by Eng. dramatist Tom Taylor (1817-80); it also was used in the comic strip "Hawkshaw the Detective" (1913-1947) by U.S. cartoonist Gus Mager (1878-1956).
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