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war hawk n.
a militarist; person who urges war
Synonyms: warmonger, militant

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1    any of various diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, such as the goshawk and Cooper's hawk, typically having short rounded wings and a long tail  
   Related adj       accipitrine  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   any of various other falconiform birds, including the falcons but not the eagles or vultures  
3    a person who advocates or supports war or warlike policies  
   Compare       dove   1       2  
4    a ruthless or rapacious person  
5    know a hawk from a handsaw   to be able to judge things; be discerning  
     (from Shakespeare (Hamlet II:2:375); handsaw is probably a corruption of dialect heronshaw heron)  
6    intr   to hunt with falcons, hawks, etc.  
7    intr   (of falcons or hawks) to fly in quest of prey  
8    to pursue or attack on the wing, as a hawk  
     (Old English hafoc; related to Old Norse haukr, Old Frisian havek, Old High German habuh, Polish kobuz)  
  hawklike      adj  
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hawk, hawk, hawk, hawk