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still hunt

noun
1.
a hunt for game carried on stealthily, as by stalking, or under cover, as in ambush.
2.
Informal. a quiet or secret pursuit of any object.
Origin of still hunt
1820-1830
1820-30

still-hunt

[stil-huhnt] /ˈstɪlˌhʌnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to pursue or ambush by a still hunt.
verb (used without object)
2.
to carry on a still hunt.
Origin
1855-60, Americanism
Related forms
still-hunter, noun
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  • Began on partings, and went on a still hunt through history and religion for them.

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
  • If so, do not put a plank in your platform; just have a "still hunt."

  • Coyne went on a still hunt for the Romeos, and found them at last, tucked away in the clothes closet of the spare room upstairs.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Think of a "still hunt" when it must be necessarily a work of education!

  • Of course, they're careful about windows, etc., but I can always make good somehow on a still hunt.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • Old Will here disappeared and we had to go on a still hunt to find him.

  • I am off on the still hunt for those shares but don't believe one to be had, Consolidated bunch too sharp for that.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I still hunt, but have grown stouter, and the old mare has given place to a weight-carrier.

  • One may still hunt up by night waifs who make their beds in alleys and cellars and abandoned sheds.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
  • My acquaintance with a 'dead hunt'—which is by no means a 'still hunt'—began and ended at Raven Agency.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for still hunt

still hunt

noun
1.
the hunting of game by stalking or ambushing
verb
2.
to hunt (quarry) in this way
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