hot pursuit

noun

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 suggestion, perpetrated by a persistent lawyer (Wallace Shawn) in hot pursuit, that Wednesday may have been switched at birth, has her questioning everything. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Hot on their trail is Sarah's shady father Ward (Charles Esten) and his son Rafe (Drew Starkey) — the real killer that the local police should be after — who are still in hot pursuit of the legendary gold. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Hot on their trail is Sarah's shady father Ward (Charles Esten) and his son Rafe (Drew Starkey) — the real killer that the local police should be after — who are still in hot pursuit of the legendary gold. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Hot on their trail is Sarah's shady father Ward (Charles Esten) and his son Rafe (Drew Starkey) — the real killer that the local police should be after — who are still in hot pursuit of the legendary gold. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Hot on their trail is Sarah's shady father Ward (Charles Esten) and his son Rafe (Drew Starkey) — the real killer that the local police should be after — who are still in hot pursuit of the legendary gold. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Hot on their trail is Sarah's shady father Ward (Charles Esten) and his son Rafe (Drew Starkey) — the real killer that the local police should be after — who are still in hot pursuit of the legendary gold. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2021 The sweet tension can ratchet even a notch or two higher when a team in arrears yanks its goalie for an extra skater in hot pursuit of a goal. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 At least two of the four American Republicans visiting Israel this week have apparent presidential ambitions — and all are in hot pursuit of support from pro-Israel evangelical voters that form a core part of the GOP's base. Laurie Kellman, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of hot pursuit

1743, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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“Hot pursuit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot%20pursuit. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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