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hawkshaw

[hawk-shaw] /ˈhɔkˌʃɔ/
noun
1.
a detective.
Origin of hawkshaw
1900-1905
1900-05; after Hawkshaw, a detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor
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  • "She seems to be always like one in a dream, my dear," said Mrs. hawkshaw to her husband.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • She was welcomed by Mrs. hawkshaw with considerable respect.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • Mrs. hawkshaw bustled out and tried to lay her hand on a man.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • The moment Mrs. hawkshaw touched upon the chops, he stopped her mouth.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • Mrs. Mel and Mrs. hawkshaw turned the bed about, and punched it, and rolled it.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • I will have my other hundred pounds there, that is in hawkshaw's hands.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • I think I ordered that hawkshaw's interest should be paid to you.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Mrs. hawkshaw stipulated that Mrs. Mel should stand by her, and the two women went up-stairs and stood at Old Tom's door.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • Breathlessly Mrs. hawkshaw waited his answer, and she was an astonished woman when it came.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • The exertion made him hot, which may account for the rage he burst into when Mrs. hawkshaw began flutteringly to apologize.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
Word Origin and History for hawkshaw
n.

"detective," U.S. slang, from name of the detective in "The Ticket-of-Leave Man," 1863 play by English dramatist Tom Taylor (1817-1880); it also was used in the comic strip "Hawkshaw the Detective" (1913-1947) by U.S. cartoonist Gus Mager (1878-1956). The surname is attested from late 13c., from a place name in Lancashire.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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