hawkshaw

[hawk-shaw]

Origin of hawkshaw

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

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