man·​hunt | \ ˈman-ˌhənt How to pronounce manhunt (audio) \

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 manhunt for 56-year-old Blane Barksdale and 59-year-old Susan Barksdale entered its seventh day Monday as authorities released new photos of the suspects. CBS News, "New photos show married murder suspects who escaped prison van," 2 Sep. 2019 The manhunt led schools across the state to close as a precaution. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Sol Pais, Miami teen who led authorities on massive manhunt, died from gunshot wound, autopsy shows," 21 Aug. 2019 Law enforcement agencies are on the scene along Mobile County 96 near Citronelle in a manhunt for a man in handcuffs. William Thornton |, al, "Hunt ongoing for man in handcuffs in Citronelle," 18 Aug. 2019 And the Democrats apparently are engaged in a 50-state manhunt for somebody next to whom Donald J. Trump, late of The Apprentice and president of these United States of America, looks relatively—relatively!—reasonable. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Break Left," 4 Aug. 2019 The bank teller gave Harrell $206 and called police with the information from Harrell's BMV form, WJW reported, setting off one of the least complicated manhunts in law enforcement history. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Carma Hassan, CNN, "Man allegedly used note to rob bank. Handily (for police) it had his name on it," 1 Aug. 2019 Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press The manhunt for a Detroit man charged in connection with the beating death of a Berkley High School graduate after a car crash last week has ended. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Suspect arrested in beating death of Berkley H.S. graduate," 30 July 2019 The manhunt marked Dog Chapman’s first since his wife and Leland’s stepmother, Beth Chapman, passed away from cancer at the age of 51 on June 26. Leada Gore |,, "Leland Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter’s son, injured, hospitalized in Alabama," 10 July 2019 While awaiting trial in 2016, Nayeri escaped from the Orange County jail with two other inmates and led authorities on a weeklong manhunt across the state before being captured. Amy Taxin,, "California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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