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See also: look-out and look out




From the verb phrase look out.



lookout (plural lookouts)

  1. A vantage point with a view of the surrounding area.
  2. A session of watching for an approaching, enemy, police, etc.
    We kept a lookout all night, but nobody came.
  3. A person on watch for approaching enemy, police, etc.
    The raid failed when the lookout noticed the enemy group.
  4. A subject for observation; a prospect or view.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 6
      Looking, seeing: search or searching; Looking-for (B.), expectation; Lookout, a careful watching for: an elevated place from which to observe: one engaged in watching. And, you know, she OUGHT to keep enough to pay for her season-ticket; but no, she comes to me about that, and I have to find the money."
      "It's a poor lookout," said Mrs. Morel bitterly.
  5. One's perspective, outlook; hence, one's responsibility. (used with a possessive pronoun or a noun in a possessive form).
    Every man's interest is his own lookout.


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