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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  • Hawkshaw — This interesting surname is of Northern English locational origin from district in Lancashire adjoining the West Riding of Yorkshire called Hawkshaw. Now considerably reduced, this ecclesiastical district survives as a field name. The component… …   Surnames reference

  • hawkshaw — noun Etymology: from Hawkshaw, detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor Date: 1888 detective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hawkshaw — /hawk shaw /, n. a detective. [1900 05; after Hawkshaw, a detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor] * * * …   Universalium

  • hawkshaw — n Detective. Mildred hired some two bit hawkshaw to follow me around and make sure I m not seeing someone else. 1900s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • hawkshaw — hawk•shaw [[t]ˈhɔkˌʃɔ[/t]] n. a detective • Etymology: 1900–05; after Hawkshaw, a detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor …   From formal English to slang

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