Definition of chicken hawk in English:

chicken hawk

Syllabification: chick·en hawk
(also chickenhawk)

noun

US
  • 1A hawk of a type that is reputed to prey on domestic fowl.
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    • Overhead, a tiny but persistent washi bird attacked a much bigger chicken hawk on the wing to try and get feathers for its nest.
    • A solitary chicken hawk circled so slowly on a high updraft of air that he looked to be hanging motionless, a small brown kite.
    • Red-tailed hawks are returning. They are also called chicken hawks although they normally eat more rodents, woodchucks, and rabbits than chickens.
  • 1.1 informal An older man who seeks younger men or boys as sexual partners.
  • 2 informal A person who speaks out in support of war, yet has avoided active military service.
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    • In a whole series of pieces, Newfield went after what he crudely called the chicken hawks, the right-wing drum-bangers who had either dodged the war or invented a record in it.
    • Like every other member of the group, we evaded the war in Vietnam. Some people see an ethical problem in this; they refer to us as chicken hawks.
    • What amazes me is how the current chicken hawks have conned America about how patriotic they are.

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