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search party

a group of persons conducting an organized search for someone or something lost or hidden.
Origin of search party
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There's a search-party coming on board, and the widow is going to give you the dirty kick-out, Tom Denison.

  • Rather a lark,” said Ashby, “to get up a search-party and go and look for him there.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • Scarterfield came up, the local policeman with him who had joined Mr. Raven's search-party as it came across country.

    Ravensdene Court J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  • Then, to the last man, they attached themselves to the search-party.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • We understand that a search-party is going carefully through Carmelite House.

  • It was for that reason I decided that you should have charge of the search-party, seeing that you have—er—extra inducements.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • But we could send down to the village for men to organise a search-party and to bring the doctor.

  • Cowed by his fierceness, the search-party promptly obeyed his orders, falling in behind him, and following every movement he made.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • Turning its pages, he unearthed the record of Raleigh's expedition and the search-party that came after it.

    True and Other Stories George Parsons Lathrop
  • No one could tell in what corner he might be lurking, ready to shoot down the search-party.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for search-party

search party

a group of people taking part in an organized search, as for a lost, missing, or wanted person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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