man·​hunt | \ˈman-ˌhənt \

Definition of manhunt 

: an organized and usually intensive hunt for a person and especially for one charged with a crime

Examples of manhunt in a Sentence

After several days of searching, the sheriff called off the manhunt. The FBI launched a manhunt to find the kidnappers.

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The upcoming action thriller centers on a disgraced NYPD detective, portrayed by Boseman, who is given a shot at redemption after a citywide manhunt for a cop killer. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: London Breed Officially Sworn In As San Francisco’s First Black Female Mayor," 12 July 2018 The manhunt, meanwhile continued in the Philadelphia area for Raoul Gadson, wanted in connection with the shoplifting attempt at the strip mall on Clement’s Bridge Road across from the Deptford Mall. Melanie Burney,, "'This was murder': Family of Philadelphia woman killed by police during alleged shoplifting spree at Deptford strip mall demands probe," 11 June 2018 On Thursday, the manhunt for suspect Steven Joshua Wiggins continued along winding, treacherous terrain about 40 miles west of Nashville, authorities said. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Manhunt is underway for 2nd suspect in Tennessee deputy's fatal shooting," 31 May 2018 Hunting has been suspended in parts of three towns in Central Maine where the manhunt continued Friday for a fugitive wanted for the fatal shooting of a deputy sheriff, state environmental officials said. Martha Schick,, "As manhunt continues in Maine, hunting suspended in three towns," 28 Apr. 2018 Metro police released the details Sunday afternoon, as a manhunt continued for the suspect, Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois. Anita Wadhwani, USA TODAY, "Tennessee Waffle House shooting: 4 dead, suspect at large may be armed," 22 Apr. 2018 Texas officials say Conditt blew himself up early Wednesday north of Austin as authorities closed in on him, bringing an end to a three-week manhunt., "Austin Suspect ID'd as Mark Anthony Conditt," 21 Mar. 2018 An official manhunt for three remaining suspects is underway. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: Lena Waithe To Receive Trailblazer Award At 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards," 22 May 2018 Police arrested the suspect Monday after massive manhunt. Sheila Burke, The Seattle Times, "‘It was life or death,’ says man who snatched gunman’s AR-15," 23 Apr. 2018

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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: an organized search for a person and especially for a criminal

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