chicken hawk

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chicken (in the Old English sense of cycen: young fowl, its alleged primary prey) + hawk


chicken hawk (plural chicken hawks)

  1. (archaic) Any of the North American hawk species (Cooper's hawk, sharp-shinned hawk and red-tailed hawk), or counterparts elsewhere, mistakenly believed to be pests.
  2. (Britain, US, gay slang) An adult male preferring younger male sexual partners.
  3. (pejorative, politics, slang) An advocate of war or military action who is avoiding personal military service, or avoided it in the past.