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search party

a group of persons conducting an organized search for someone or something lost or hidden.
Origin of search party
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then take notice that, if finders are keepers, I'm heading a search party.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • And as Lambart is going to be one of the search party, Im going to give him one, too.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • The honour of being a search party has frequently been denied to this enterprise.

  • It may be said that the search party utterly failed in its object.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • “We were just about to start a search party in there,” said Norris.


    Allen Chaffee
  • I wonder if they have sent a search party forward to hunt Schoffner?

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • A curious thing happened when our search party, under L/Cpl.

  • "Better be getting out and form a search party," he said quietly.

  • They might not find it, and a search party of Wealdians might.

    This World Is Taboo Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for search party

search party

a group of people taking part in an organized search, as for a lost, missing, or wanted person
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