hawkshaw

[ hawk-shaw ]

noun
  1. a detective.

Origin of hawkshaw

1
1900–05; after Hawkshaw, a detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor

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How to use hawkshaw in a sentence

  • 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
  • "I am hawkshaw, the detective," responded the man, his mouth full of blackberry pie.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow | George Barr McCutcheon
  • Mr. hawkshaw was not so drunk but he could recognise disaster when it hovered near.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow | George Barr McCutcheon
  • I hope you have your bill sent in my last, and there will be eight pounds' interest soon due from hawkshaw: pray look at his bond.

    The Journal to Stella | Jonathan Swift
  • Is the eight pounds from hawkshaw included in the thirty-nine pounds five shillings and twopence?

    The Journal to Stella | Jonathan Swift