an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as by law enforcement agencies.
an intensive search for any person.

1835–45, Americanism; man1 + hunt

man hunter, noun Unabridged
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manhunt (ˈmænˌhʌnt)
an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive

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Example sentences
Understandably, a full bore manhunt was mounted for the suspect, after several
  days he surrendered through a third party attorney.
Day after day, the press breathlessly reported every detail of the manhunt.
Bribes and threats and rockets and satellites had failed to find him, even with
  the world's mightiest army conducting the manhunt.
But suddenly what had been a frustrated and some say haphazard manhunt became a
  furious one.
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