look out vs lookout


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Betty: "Ok, I'm gonna go in and look for the safe. You be lookout."
Henry: "No, I want to look for the safe."
Betty: "No, you look out."

To be honest I'm sort of confused about the look out thing. In first case "you be look out" I think it's a short form of "be on the lookout" hence "lookout" is a noun. In second case "you look out" I think "look out" is a verb and it's just the imperative. But the both things mean the same "be on the watch" Am I right?
  • pickarooney

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    English (Ireland)
    "Lookout" is a noun; Betty is asking Henry to assume the role of lookout.
    "Look out" is a verb; Betty is asking Henry to look out or to be on the lookout.

    They amount to the same thing.


    Senior Member
    I think so. "lookout", in the first case, as a noun means a person who has the responsibility of watching for sth. The second case is a verb.
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