hawkish


hawkish
An aggressive tone. For example, if the Federal Reserve uses hawkish language to describe the threat of inflation, one could reasonably expect stronger actions from the Fed. There is a similar application to CEO describing an important issue that a firm faces. Opposite of Dovish. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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hawk hawk 1 [hɔːk ǁ hɒːk] noun [countable]
a politician or official who believes in using force or firm action when dealing with problems, rather than a more peaceful approach:

• Mr George has a reputation as a hawk on inflation.

• He has always been a deficit hawk (= a politician who wants to reduce the amount of money the government owes ) .

— compare dove
— hawkish adjective :

• hawkish political leaders

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hawk UK US /hɔːk/ noun [C]
ECONOMICS someone who believes that the government should take strong action in controlling the national budget, inflation, etc.: »

The hawks on the committee are worried that 6 per cent growth could trigger inflation.

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a budget/deficit/inflation hawk

Compare DOVE(Cf. dove)
hawkish
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Stronger-than-expected growth figures and hawkish comments from the Bank of England fuelled speculation that interest rates could rise again.

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hawk UK US /hɔːk/ verb INFORMAL
to sell goods in the street or a public place: »

Street vendors hawk tea, watches, T-shirts, chickens, and just about everything else.

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Most major businesses hawk their wares on the Net.

DISAPPROVING to try to interest a person or company in a product, idea, etc.: hawk sth around to sb/sth »

He has written a guide to finances which he plans to hawk around to all the major publishers.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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