- an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as by law enforcement agencies.
- an intensive search for any person.
Origin of manhunt
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Examples from the Web for manhunt
For them the 18-day search for the Israeli teens and the manhunt for their captors was tantamount to collective punishment.There Is No Moral Equivalent to the Murder of Three Israeli Teenagers
July 2, 2014
A joint U.S.-Mexico security operation ended a 13-year manhunt for El Chapo, the head of the feared Sinaloa cartel.Will El Chapo Rule From Prison?
John P. Sullivan
February 24, 2014
Now, a manhunt for the owners of a nursing home, just south of the city, was rough cosmic justice come at last.One Lawyer’s Quest to Right New Orleans’ Wrongs
November 12, 2013
But the manhunt is unlikely to stop the street artist folk hero.New Yorkers Are Calling Out Banksy
October 18, 2013
We tossed around a lot of words last week after the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.Senseless. Evil. Silver Linings. Our Misguided Terms of Terror.
April 23, 2013
They told how Tomo was wrought to a pitch of frenzied interest by this manhunt.
The hunger for the manhunt is like the hunger for food, and Bill Dozier had been starved for many a day.
It was not an especially auspicious beginning to their manhunt.Agent Nine and the Jewel Mystery
Graham M. Dean
But everybody seemed to know about the manhunt that was going on, here, there, and everywhere.Danny's Own Story
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
- an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
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