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chicken hawk

noun
  1. Also called hen hawk. (not used scientifically) any of various hawks said to prey on poultry.
  2. Slang. an older man who seeks out young boys as sexual partners.
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Origin of chicken hawk

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Word Origin and History for chickenhawk

chicken hawk

n.

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.).

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