What does English idiom "look out" (or "watch out") come from? When you want to warn somebody.
Usually, in case of a danger, it is better to hide rather than move your head out to see.
(I know it is an idiom, but maybe there is some reason in it)
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Definition To be watchful or careful; take care, be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful; "Watch out for pickpockets!"
Look out origin 1690–1700; noun use of verb phrase look out
Etymology: Lookout (n) also look-out, "person who stands watch or acts as a scout," 1690s, from look + out.
Verbal phrase look out "be on the watch" attested from c.1600.
It appears that the phrasal verb expression look out originates from the noun lookout (one word) which meant ....
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