look|out [ˈluk-aut] n
1 be on the lookout for somebody/something
2 keep a lookout
1.) be on the lookout for sb/sth
to continuously watch a place or pay attention in order to find something you want or to be ready for problems or opportunities
→↑look out for
We're always on the lookout for new business opportunities.
Police were on the lookout for anyone behaving suspiciously.
2.) keep a lookout
to keep watching carefully for something or someone, especially for danger
keep a lookout for
We were instructed to keep a lookout for enemy aircraft.
When you're driving, keep a sharp lookout (=watch extra carefully) for cyclists.
3.) ¦(PERSON)¦
someone whose duty is to watch carefully for something, especially for danger
4.) ¦(PLACE)¦
a place for a lookout to watch from

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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