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chicken hawk (n.)

type of hawk that is believed to prey on domestic fowl, 1802, American English. Figuratively, from the secondary senses of both words, "public person who advocates war but declined significant opportunity to serve in uniform during wartime," at least 1988, American English. From chicken (n.) + hawk (n.).

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Definitions of chicken hawk

chicken hawk (n.)
nontechnical term for any hawks said to prey on poultry;
Synonyms: hen hawk
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