1 [chey-ser]
a person or thing that chases or pursues.
a drink of a milder beverage taken after a drink of liquor.
Also called chase gun. (on a vessel) a gun especially for use when in chase or when being chased.
a hunter.
Chiefly British. the final act or musical number of a vaudeville or variety show.
the music played as the audience leaves a theater.

1250–1300; Middle English; see chase1, -er1 Unabridged


2 [chey-ser]
a tool with multiple teeth for cutting screw threads.

1700–10; chase2 + -er1


3 [chey-ser]
a person who engraves metal.

1700–10; chase3 + -er1 Unabridged
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chaser1 (ˈtʃeɪsə)
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)
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 & History

c.1300, "horse trained for chasing," agent noun from chase. Meaning "water or mild beverage taken after a strong drink" is 1897, U.S. colloquial. Fr. 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 Eng. from c.1800.
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Slang Dictionary

chaser definition

  1. n.
    an alcoholic drink taken after a nonalcoholic one; beer, water, or some similar liquid drunk after a shotof hard liquor. (See also wash.) : I could use a little chaser with this soda.

  2. Go to ambulance chaser. :
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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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Example sentences
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.
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