hot on the trail of


: chasing and close to catching (someone)
The police are hot on the trail of the escaped convicts.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And scientists are hot on the trail of the receptor for lemon’s sour pucker. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 16 Aug. 2012 Folco and his wife were hot on the trail of this black bear before Coventry Police put out a community-wide alert Monday afternoon. Globe Staff,, 24 May 2022 When not mooning over Maggie, Keller is hot on the trail of a Russian spy. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, French law enforcement officers Delacroix and Beatrix are hot on the trail of the safe-robbing bandits. Andy Meek, BGR, 29 Oct. 2021 Map-tracking will take viewers hot on the trail of suspects, and social media will be used to connect viewers to the America's Most Wanted team. Lauren Huff,, 22 Jan. 2021 Just as the sun was shaking the frost from the mountains, a buck appeared, hot on the trail of a doe. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, 25 Dec. 2020 In January 2009, Mikovits and Ruscetti — by then also hot on the trail of the enigmatic virus — met with Silverman in San Diego, where he had been invited to speak. Hillary Johnson, Discover Magazine, 20 July 2013 See More

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“Hot on the trail of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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