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[man-huhnt] /ˈmænˌhʌnt/
an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as by law enforcement agencies.
an intensive search for any person.
Origin of manhunt
1835-45, Americanism; man1 + hunt
Related forms
man hunter, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Troopers developed information that the suspect had left the immediate area and the manhunt ended.
  • Two additional defendants remain at-large and are now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
  • One additional defendant remains at-large and is now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
  • Three additional defendants remain at large and are now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
British Dictionary definitions for manhunt


an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
Derived Forms
manhunter, noun
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