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chaser1

[chey-ser] /ˈtʃeɪ sər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that chases or pursues.
2.
a drink of a milder beverage taken after a drink of liquor.
3.
Also called chase gun. (on a vessel) a gun especially for use when in chase or when being chased.
4.
a hunter.
5.
Theater.
  1. Chiefly British. the final act or musical number of a vaudeville or variety show.
  2. the music played as the audience leaves a theater.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see chase1, -er1

chaser2

[chey-ser] /ˈtʃeɪ sər/
noun
1.
a tool with multiple teeth for cutting screw threads.
Origin
1700-10; chase2 + -er1

chaser3

[chey-ser] /ˈtʃeɪ sər/
noun
1.
a person who engraves metal.
Origin
1700-10; chase3 + -er1
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Examples from the web for chaser
  • Once the chaser drives its prey into coral crevices, the others act as blockers, swimming around to cut it off.
  • He claimed that as a professional spirit chaser, he could get positive results.
  • The concluding act was often called a chaser since it was meant to play as people would be exiting the theater early.
  • Learn how these monster storms are formed, and see how a hurricane chaser does his work.
British Dictionary definitions for chaser

chaser1

/ˈtʃeɪsə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that chases
2.
a drink drunk after another of a different kind, as beer after spirits
3.
a cannon on a vessel situated either at the bow (bow chaser) or the stern (stern chaser) and used during pursuit by or of another vessel

chaser2

/ˈtʃeɪsə/
noun
1.
a person who engraves
2.
a lathe cutting tool for accurately finishing a screw thread, having a cutting edge consisting of several repetitions of the thread form
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Word Origin and History for chaser
n.

c.1300, "horse trained for chasing," agent noun from chase (v.), probably in some cases from Old French chaceor "huntsman, hunter." Meaning "water or mild beverage taken after a strong drink" is 1897, U.S. colloquial. French had chasse (from chasser "to chase") "a drink of liquor taken (or said to be taken) to kill the aftertaste of coffee or tobacco," used in English from c.1800.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chaser

chaser

noun
  1. A drink, often water, taken immediately after a drink of liquor (1897+)
  2. A man in amatory pursuit of women; skirt-chaser: Mark always was a lady-killer, a chaser (1894+)
  3. An employee assigned to hurry others in their work (1920s+ Truckers)
  4. An exit march; music played as the audience is leaving; recessional (1930s+ Show business)
  5. A guard (1960s+ Prison)
Related Terms

ambulance chaser, fly-chaser, woman-chaser


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Related Abbreviations for chaser

CHASER

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Encyclopedia Article for chaser

a literary work or portion of a literary work that is of a light or mollifying nature in comparison with that which precedes or accompanies it. The metaphor may stem from the practice of following the consumption of strong alcoholic drink with consumption of a less-potent beverage or, occasionally, with food.

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