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

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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. SI.com, "Liverpool & Arsenal 'Could Be Available for Free' After Issues With Current Club Escalate," 12 June 2018 The other night, late in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston, James stole a pass and broke away into the clear, two Celtics in hot pursuit. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "LeBron James: One man stands in the Warriors’ way," 30 May 2018 The Chevy, with Paz at the wheel, then led police on a hot pursuit down N.C. 16. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "He wrecked 2 trucks, threatened to kill 4 people. Now, he faces prison and deportation," 30 May 2018 Two other Pac-10 schools – Washington and UCLA – were in hot pursuit of Harden. Doug Haller, azcentral, "How did James Harden end up at Arizona State?," 12 May 2018 Poole, who hasn’t been an official law enforcement officer in years, is still in hot pursuit of the truth on who killed Biggie and Tupac and how the cases are linked. Scott Glaysher, Billboard, "Detective Poole's Death Derails Tupac & Biggie Cases in 'Unsolved' Season Finale," 3 May 2018

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1743, in the meaning defined above

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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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