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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Shawn Vinson said Monday evening that the enormous manhunt was continuing unabated in the suburban community of Perry Hall, Maryland, where witnesses reported hearing a pop before seeing a Jeep run over the officer Monday afternoon. NBC News, "Manhunt for suspects in Baltimore area after officer killed," 22 May 2018 Nicaraguan authorities arrested a person of interest in the murder case of 22-year-old nursing student Haley Anderson, ending an international manhunt on Tuesday. Sofia Lotto Persio, Newsweek, "Nursing Student Haley Anderson Murder Update: Ex-Boyfriend Arrested in Nicaragua," 14 Mar. 2018 The manhunt stemmed from an incident that was reported 2:51 p.m. June 5 at his home on Wilton Road west of Highway 59. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eagle man charged in violent dispute with wife, multi-state manhunt pleads not guilty," 29 June 2018 Officers searched the area on River Road down to Fairbanks Avenue and brought a K-9 out to join the manhunt. Jennifer Baker,, "1 Speedway worker shot, another hit over head in robbery," 14 June 2018 Even as surveillance photos of the pepper spray attack were being distributed by police, Maness appeared to be posting comments on stories related to the manhunt or calling for people to join supremacist groups at upcoming gay pride parades. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Man charged in pepper spray attack attempted to recruit others to ‘storm’ Anchorage gay pride parades," 28 Apr. 2018 This first-person account describes how the former Drug Enforcement Administration special agent who led the years-long manhunt in Mexico got to that moment in his life. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'Hunting El Chapo,' 'Space Odyssey'," 7 Apr. 2018 The explosion stunned the city, law enforcement and launched one of the most expensive and expansive manhunts in U.S. history. Carol Robinson,, "Birmingham abortion clinic bombing was 20 years ago today," 29 Jan. 2018 After a six-month manhunt across at least three continents, he was captured in Guatemala and faces trial. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 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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