bounty hunter


Definition of bounty hunter 

1 : one who tracks down and captures outlaws for whom a reward is offered

2 : one who hunts predatory animals for the reward offered

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Bossk was originally introduced as one of the bounty hunters assembled by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Solo: A Star Wars Story: Everything You Might Have Missed," 26 May 2018 Suddenly a bounty hunter flies through the window on a jetpack. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," 22 June 2018 Caldwell police arrested bounty hunters Kevin M. Ratigan and David Manery on Wednesday, and the two are charged with felony impersonating an officer. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "2 Idaho bounty hunters accused of impersonating police, then arrested by real officers," 7 June 2018 The plot involves Anderson as a nightclub owner and bounty hunter who tries to help a former lover escape to Canada during a second American civil war in 2017. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 My first film as a [director of photography] was The Brother From Another Planet, and John Sayles acted in it as one of the bounty hunters. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Television An interview with cinematographer turned director Ernest Dickerson," 22 June 2018 In 2015, Ratigan spoke out against the bounty hunters involved in the fatal shooting of Philip Clay near Idaho Falls during a bond recovery attempt. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "2 Idaho bounty hunters accused of impersonating police, then arrested by real officers," 7 June 2018 Why isn’t fan-favorite bounty hunter Aurra Sing, known for her iconic appearance in the foreground of a shot of The Phantom Menace, seen in the original trilogy? Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, "74 'Star Wars' Questions 'Solo' Insisted on Answering," 1 June 2018 The very cool helmeted bounty hunter of the original Star Wars trilogy got a backstory in the prequels, thus losing some of his mysterious presence. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Going 'Solo': Here are 5 more characters who need their own 'Star Wars' spinoffs," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of bounty hunter

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of bounty hunter

: someone who catches criminals who have not been caught by the police in exchange for a reward

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