- the act of looking out or keeping watch.
- a watch kept, as for something that may happen.
- a person or group keeping a watch.
- a station or place from which a watch is kept.
- an object of care or concern: That's not my lookout.
- tailpiece(def 4).
- Chiefly British. view; prospect; outlook: The business lookout is far from optimistic.
Origin of lookout
First recorded in 1690–1700; noun use of verb phrase look out
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3. sentinel, sentry, patrol, guard.
- Cape, a sandy reef in the Outer Banks, off E North Carolina, SW of Cape Hatteras: lighthouse.
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Examples from the Web for lookout
The lookout guy seems a bit younger and is also described as a black man, wearing a red baseball cap.How to Get Away With Stealing $2 Million in Jewelry in the Heart of New York
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In August 2010, a formal “Be on the Lookout” list was created instructing staff to flag applications of tea party groups.
And later it came out that the word “progressive” was also used to flag applications on another IRS “Be on the Lookout” list.
Kyle was said to have served only as a lookout while the others jumped.Hero or Criminal? James Brady, the WTC Ironworker Who Jumped Off the Building
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Sometime afterward he got in his Jeep and drove the winding road to Hanapepe lookout.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
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I have set Sharp to keep a lookout for him, but he has learned nothing as yet.Night and Morning, Complete
For a whole month the German vanguard remained on the lookout in the village.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Always he was on the lookout for the trail of the gods where it might leave the river and proceed inland.White Fang
With what eagerness the sailors must have kept on the lookout!Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
I found out afterwards that they'd been on the lookout for the bombshell for half an hour.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- the act of keeping watch against danger, etc
- a person or persons instructed or employed to keep such a watch, esp on a ship
- a strategic point from which a watch is kept
- informal worry or concernthat's his lookout
- mainly British outlook, chances, or view
- to heed one's behaviour; be carefullook out for the children's health
- to be on the watchlook out for my mother at the station
- (tr) to search for and findI'll look out some curtains for your new house
- (foll by on or over) to face in a particular directionthe house looks out over the moor
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Word Origin and History for lookout
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with lookout
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