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

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Columbus, Wichita, and Tallahassee take off in hot pursuit. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Zombies have evolved to be harder to kill in Zombieland 2: Double Tap trailer," 25 July 2019 On one side of the screen the Knicks and the Rockets battled for NBA supremacy at Madison Square Garden; on the other, the white Bronco inched down a Los Angeles freeway with police in non-hot pursuit. Doug Criss, CNN, "25 years ago today, America stopped to watch the cops chase O.J. in a white Ford Bronco," 17 June 2019 Barcelona remain in hot pursuit of De Ligt, and it was widely believed that the Dutchman had already agreed a move to Camp Nou, only for talks to stall amid concerns over De Ligt's wage demands., "Antero Henrique Steps Down as PSG Sporting Director as Leonardo Nears Return," 14 June 2019 As seen in the clip, the fast-talking Midge (Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan) is still in hot pursuit of becoming the funniest person in New York City. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Is Back With a New Full-Length Season 2 Trailer," 24 Oct. 2018 Photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind for National Geographic 2017 The Magic Carpet Ride SCARZO FINALLY DUMPED me in the shallow surf and raced down the beach with Qaboos in hot pursuit on the mare. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, North Carolina and UCLA are all in hot pursuit of Hurt, whose team won its first two games at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale on Friday in Manhattan. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "He has local ties, but U of L faces tough competition for Matthew Hurt," 14 July 2018 Meanwhile, the cops in hot pursuit just take the crane's elevator, which seems totally unfair. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Skyscraper': 5 totally preposterous moments where Dwayne Johnson has to save the day," 11 July 2018 Liverpool were in hot pursuit of the winger last season prior to their signing of Mohamed Salah., "Liverpool & Arsenal 'Could Be Available for Free' After Issues With Current Club Escalate," 12 June 2018

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1743, in the meaning defined above

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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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