hot pursuit

noun
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of hot pursuit

1743


Law Dictionary

hot pursuit

noun hot pur·suit

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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