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Difference between Be on the look-out for something and Look out for something

be on the look-out for somethingbe watchful wishing to find or acquire smth.:

  • Restaurant manager Jose Padilla is always on the look-out for something new for his customers.

look out for something—(also: watch out for something )

1. be on the alert for smth. harmful or dangerous:

  • There were signs everywhere warning people to look out for falling rocks.

2. = be on the look-out for something:

  • I’ve been looking out for a new job for six months.

3. take care of smth.; protect smth. from harm:

  • When this young man is away from his home, I look out for his property.

See also: outlook for something / outlook on something.