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hunt's-up

[ huhnts-uhp ]
/ ˈhʌntsˈʌp /
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noun

(formerly) a call played on a hunting horn in the morning to rouse and assemble the participants in a hunt.

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Origin of hunt's-up

1530–40; from phrase (the) hunt is up
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