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witch hunt

noun
1.
an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
Related forms
witch hunter, noun
witch-hunting, noun
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Word Origin and History for witch-hunter

witch hunt

n.

1630s in the literal sense; the extended sense is attested from 1932 (in witch-hunting), popularized in Cold War anti-Communist hysteria.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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