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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First Known Use of manhunt

1833, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2021

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“Manhunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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