- 1A place from which to keep watch or view the landscape: [as modifier]: a fortified lookout tower a lookout point with breathtaking viewsMore example sentences
- Keiko watched patiently as the soldier one hundred metres away from their spot continued his patrol on the walls and entered the lookout tower adjoining the city walls.
- After metal detectors and searches, I was let in through two gigantic automated gates, watched from a lookout tower.
- From the lookout area, the view embraces the valley
- 1.1A person stationed to keep watch for danger or trouble: they acted as lookouts at the post officeMore example sentences
- The witness denied under cross-examination that she had exaggerated what she heard at the toilet or that she and the other boy had acted as lookouts.
- One minute they're playing video games, the next they're acting as lookouts for patrols of militia men.
- Other members of the gang acted as lookouts while one of the men walked into the office and out of the store with the cash.
- 1.2 • archaic A view over a landscape.More example sentences
- A few hundred meters from the entrance, there is a fine lookout over the plain.
- You'll see a beautiful hemlock stand, a fine lookout and acidic Bat Lake.
- 2 [in singular, with adjective] • informal , chiefly British Used to indicate whether a likely outcome is good or bad: ‘What if he gets fits?’ ‘It’s a bad lookout in that case.’More example sentences
- When a trust feels under pressure to set its own standards of political correctness from fear of an employment tribunal (self censorship) it is a bad lookout for medicine.
- If Erik's secrets cease to be Erik's secrets, it will be a bad lookout for a goodly number of the human race!
- It is a bad lookout, boys - a very bad lookout. There, don't talk about it any more. I do not want to make your mother unhappy.
be one's (own) lookout
- British • informal Be a person’s own responsibility or problem: if you can’t take an interest in local affairs, that’s your lookoutMore example sentences
- If one of the party wants to go to bed at nine every night, that is their lookout.
- If the other man left it too long, that was his lookout.
- If he chose to ignore it, well then, that was his lookout.
be on the lookout (or keep a lookout) for
- Be alert to (danger or trouble): he told them to be on the lookout for dangerous gasMore example sentences
- Suspicion is a product of the need to keep a lookout for signs of trouble, potential danger and clues to offences.
- The tough new initiative will see shops in the High Street who have signed up to the scheme receive photo albums of convicted crooks in the area so they can be on the lookout for potential trouble makers in their store.
- Public health workers throughout the NHS have been alerted to be on the lookout for symptoms of ricin exposure in patients.
- Keep searching for (something that is wanted): we kept a sharp lookout for animals and saw several waterbuckMore example sentences
- Researchers say they will be on the lookout for even more Saturn moons, and will seek close-ups of the ones just found.
- A trainer, too, he had been renting the stables in Co Kildare, and was on the lookout for somewhere to buy.
- Needless to say, I was on the lookout for somewhere I could get online to check my mail and browse the web a bit each day.