Idioms

    cut to the chase, Informal. to get to the main point.

Origin of chase

1
1250–1300; Middle English chacen < Middle French chasser to hunt, Old French chacier < Vulgar Latin *captiāre; see catch

SYNONYMS FOR chase

Related forms

chase·a·ble, adjective

Can be confused

celibate chased chaste chest
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Examples from the Web for chaseable

  • Until he was a hart of ten our text tells us he was not considered a chaseable or warrantable deer.

    The Master of Game|Second Duke of York, Edward
  • All stags not chaseable, such as young or lean stags and hinds, were classed as folly or rascal.

    The Master of Game|Second Duke of York, Edward

British Dictionary definitions for chaseable (1 of 3)

chase

1
/ (tʃeɪs) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

chaseable, adjective

Word Origin for chase

C13: from Old French chacier, from Vulgar Latin captiāre (unattested), from Latin captāre to pursue eagerly, from capere to take; see catch

British Dictionary definitions for chaseable (2 of 3)

chase

2
/ (tʃeɪs) /

noun

printing a rectangular steel or cast-iron frame into which metal type and blocks making up pages are locked for printing or plate-making
the part of a gun barrel from the front of the trunnions to the muzzle
a groove or channel, esp one that is cut in a wall to take a pipe, cable, etc

verb (tr)

Also: chamfer to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)

Word Origin for chase

C17 (in the sense: frame for letterpress matter): probably from French châsse frame (in the sense: bore of a cannon, etc): from Old French chas enclosure, from Late Latin capsus pen for animals; both from Latin capsa case ²

British Dictionary definitions for chaseable (3 of 3)

chase

3
/ (tʃeɪs) /

verb (tr)

Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser

Word Origin for chase

C14: from Old French enchasser enchase
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Idioms and Phrases with chaseable

chase


see ambulance chaser; cut to the chase; give chase; go fly a kite (chase yourself); lead a merry chase; run (chase) after; wild goose chase.

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