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manhunt

[man-huhnt]
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noun
  1. an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as by law enforcement agencies.
  2. an intensive search for any person.
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Origin of manhunt

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; man1 + hunt
Related formsman hunter, noun
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Examples from the Web for manhunter

Historical Examples

  • By his servile cruelty he had earned the nickname of the Manhunter.

    The History of England from the Accession of James II.

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • "It is scarce an ennobling life—that of a manhunter," said Mr. Buxton.

    By What Authority?

    Robert Hugh Benson

  • "He was never on, and I have no list," says the manhunter grittingly.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

  • It was certain that the manhunter was after him, but again, in scorn, he accepted the challenge and poured a stiff dram.

  • The manhunter straightened, threw Jeff to the floor, darted from the room and out into the hall.


British Dictionary definitions for manhunter

manhunt

noun
  1. an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
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Derived Formsmanhunter, noun
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