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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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  • It was not an especially auspicious beginning to their manhunt.

  • The hunger for the manhunt is like the hunger for food, and Bill Dozier had been starved for many a day.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • This made the dude keep still; but he did dislike this “manhunt” in the thick brush of Acorn Island.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
  • They told how Tomo was wrought to a pitch of frenzied interest by this manhunt.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • But prudence is apt to be forgotten in the excitement of a hunt, and a manhunt is the most thrilling of all chases.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
British Dictionary definitions for manhunt


an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
Derived Forms
manhunter, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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