chicken hawk

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Dec 20 20:05:35 UTC 2010

A surprising omission in the OED is "chicken hawk." The only
definition I can find is this: "chicken-hawk n. chiefly U.S. any of
various hawks that kill chickens."

The Wikipedia defines chickenhawk as "Chickenhawk (also chicken hawk
and chicken-hawk) is a political epithet used in the United States to
criticize a politician, bureaucrat, or commentator who strongly
supports a war or other military action, yet who actively avoided
military service when of age." The term has been around at least since
the 1980s.


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