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[man-huhnt] /ˈmænˌhʌnt/
an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as by law enforcement agencies.
an intensive search for any person.
Origin of manhunt
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; man1 + hunt
Related forms
man hunter, noun Unabridged
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  • They told how Tomo was wrought to a pitch of frenzied interest by this manhunt.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The hunger for the manhunt is like the hunger for food, and Bill Dozier had been starved for many a day.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • It was not an especially auspicious beginning to their manhunt.

  • But everybody seemed to know about the manhunt that was going on, here, there, and everywhere.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • This made the dude keep still; but he did dislike this “manhunt” in the thick brush of Acorn Island.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for manhunt


an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
Derived Forms
manhunter, noun
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