hot pursuit


Definition of hot pursuit

: close and avid or intense pursuit specifically : close continuous pursuit of a fleeing suspected lawbreaker or hostile military force especially across territorial lines

Examples of hot pursuit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The morning after graduation, Parton boarded a Greyhound in hot pursuit of the usual dream. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "The United States of Dolly Parton," 12 Oct. 2020 On June 7, the long-running reality series depicting actual police officers in hot pursuit of criminals, was axed on Tuesday after a 32-season run. al, "‘Cops’ show, cancelled after George Floyd death, resumes filming, but you won’t see it in US," 5 Oct. 2020 Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson only to discover the hot pursuit of linebacker Malcolm Smith. cleveland, "Our favorite Browns photos from big win at Dallas Cowboys: Joshua Gunter, John Kuntz," 5 Oct. 2020 House Democrats who have been in hot pursuit of Trump's tax returns most likely have no idea that at least some of the records are sitting in a congressional office building. Russ Buettner, Star Tribune, "Trump's taxes show chronic losses and years of income tax avoidance," 27 Sep. 2020 For more than a year the Oregon Ducks have been in hot pursuit of consensus four-star offensive tackle Kingsley Suamataia. oregonlive, "Football: Oregon Ducks set to land major commitment, climb to No. 3 in national recruiting rankings," 8 Sep. 2020 Another video shows the suspect running from the scene followed by people in hot pursuit. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Kenosha shooting suspect called a friend to say he 'killed somebody,' police say, and then fatally shot someone else," 28 Aug. 2020 As the runaway ostrich dodged cars and turned heads, tailing it in hot pursuit was what appeared to be a dog, but which eagle-eyed observers later pointed out was a goat. Washington Post, "Forget bird flu — ostrich fever is gripping the Philippines," 11 Aug. 2020 And now, the Space Force will have to beef it out with another TV show to maintain the rights to the image, as Space Force, the new Netflix comedy of the same name, is in hot pursuit of the exact same logo. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Whoops, the Real Space Force May Lose Its Trademark to the Fake One," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of hot pursuit

1743, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2020

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“Hot pursuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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Legal Definition of hot pursuit

: the immediate and continuous pursuit by police officers of a fleeing suspect whose possible escape justifies the failure of the officers to obtain a warrant before making an entry, search, seizure, or arrest

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