lookout


lookout
noun
1 be on the lookout for to watch a place or situation continuously in order to find something you want or to be ready for problems or opportunities: Police were on the lookout for anyone behaving suspiciously. | We're always on the lookout for new business opportunities.
2 keep a lookout to keep watching carefully for something or someone, especially for danger: keep a sharp/special lookout: When you're driving keep a sharp lookout for cyclists.
3 PERSON (C) someone whose duty is to watch carefully for something, especially danger: A lookout reported an enemy plane approaching.
4 PLACE (C) a place for a lookout to watch from: a coastguard lookout on the clifftop
5 it's your/their own lookout BrE spoken used to say that what someone has chosen to do is their own problem or risk, and no one else's: If he wants to ruin his health with all these drugs, that's his own lookout.
6 be a poor/bad lookout for sb BrE spoken used to say that something bad or unsatisfactory is likely to happen: It'll be a poor lookout for James if she finds that letter.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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