Definition of hawkshaw in English:

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hawkshaw

Pronunciation: /ˈhôkˌSHô/

noun

informal, dated

Origin

Early 20th century: from the name of a detective in the play The Ticket-of-Leave Man by Tom Taylor (1817–80), English dramatist; also portrayed in the comic strip Hawkshaw the Detective by Augustus Charles (“Gus”) Mager (1878–1956), American cartoonist.

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Syllabification: hawk·shaw

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