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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He was later captured after a massive manhunt across Central Florida. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Accused Florida cop killer says in jailhouse videos he wanted baby 'to come out with my traits'," 19 Sep. 2018 Faïd's escape spurred a massive manhunt across greater Paris. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "French convict escapes prison (again) — this time on a helicopter and without explosives," 1 July 2018 After Strasbourg Shooting Police were conducting a manhunt for the man who opened fire at a Christmas market in the French city, killing at least three people. Noemie Bisserbe And Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Gunman in Strasbourg Kills Three People Near Christmas Market," 11 Dec. 2018 Diva Jeneen Davis, early Friday morning in his dorm room in Campbell Hall setting off a day-long manhunt in Mt. Pleasant, Police said the gun found at the scene was registered to the father, a Bellwood, Ill., police officer. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Sibling of accused CMU shooter: 'Please don't make a villain of my brother'," 4 Mar. 2018 Twenty-six crewmen and agents spilled out, setting off a huge manhunt in the area. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Pyeongchang’s Winding Path From Obscurity to Olympics Fame," 3 Feb. 2018 Versace’s murder prompted a much more vigorous pursuit of Cunanan, with some 1,000 agents across the country taking part in what became one of the biggest manhunts in history. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Andrew Cunanan's Murders," 24 Jan. 2018 While various threats, sometimes referencing bombs, accounted for 15 percent of lockdowns, and police manhunts near campuses made up a similar share, at least 61 percent of lockdowns were related to firearms. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Trump also complained that coverage of the manhunt distracted from his announcement Thursday about an effort to lower prescription drug prices. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "After arrest, Republicans struggle with mail bombs fallout," 27 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of manhunt

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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