a group of persons conducting an organized search for someone or something lost or hidden.
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How to use search party in a sentence
Ronnie, meanwhile, forms a small search party with two others.
Dive teams and search parties were called, but they failed to find his body.
In the dense forest, he’d eluded the official search parties—including that helicopter that had narrowly missed him—that had been dispatched as soon as he and Royle failed to return the evening of the crash.How One Man Survived a Plane Crash and 5 Days in the Snowy Canadian Wilderness—and Went On to Help Shape the Modern Ski Industry | Cassidy Randall | December 27, 2020 | Time
Some had even been part of the search party when Ahmad went missing.
He therefore organized a search party of all the male servants on the estate, besides a couple of volunteers, making in all nine.Boyhood in Norway | Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
Excepting herself and Marian, there was nobody in the house but the cook, whose husband had also joined the search party.Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
I agree with Jessie that the townspeople should send out a search party, and I for one refuse to give up the hike.Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer | Rena I. Halsey
I had not told anyone that I proposed to come to the Blue John mine, and it was unlikely that a search party would come after me.The Last Galley | Arthur Conan Doyle
As in duty bound they told him; and the search party turned in the direction of the log shanty.A Scout of To-day | Isabel Hornibrook
British Dictionary definitions for search party
a group of people taking part in an organized search, as for a lost, missing, or wanted person
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