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  1. a detective.
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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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Historical Examples

  • "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

  • Mrs. Hawkshaw bustled out and tried to lay her hand on a man.

  • Mrs. Mel and Mrs. Hawkshaw turned the bed about, and punched it, and rolled it.

  • She was welcomed by Mrs. Hawkshaw with considerable respect.

  • The moment Mrs. Hawkshaw touched upon the chops, he stopped her mouth.

Word Origin and History for hawkshaw


"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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