hunt down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hunt down pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals) "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland","The dogs are running deer","The Duke hunted in these woods"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese, during the reign of Kublai Khan, used lions on hunting expeditions. They trained the big cats to pursue and drag down massive animals from wild bulls to bears and to stay with the kill until the hunter arrived.
    • Hunt down to destroy by persecution or violence
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Quotations

  • Neil Kendall
    Neil Kendall
    “Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. huntian; A.S. hentan, to seize.

Usage

In literature:

Any submission to get out of their hands; and then heaven and earth he would move to unearth and hunt them down.
"Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle" by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
At all events, the local authorities showed no disposition to hunt him down.
"J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 2" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
I am not to be hunted down without being heard, I hope.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
The first act of the toddler was to toss all the books in sight upon the floor and to sit down and turn the leaves, hunting for pictures.
"A Woman of the World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
With the example of the "priesthood hunted down like wolves" before him, Father Flynn saw but one consistent course to pursue.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
While hunting I always liked to sit down here and there to listen and watch.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
I must hunt this thought down.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
He would lie in hiding until dusk, and then under cover of darkness he would hunt down Strang and kill him.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
Part managed to get away; most were either killed at once, or hunted down and taken.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
An owl flapped lazily over our heads and sailed away down the valley, evidently on his nocturnal hunting.
"Byways Around San Francisco Bay" by William E. Hutchinson
I would hunt that man down with as little remorse as a ferret hunts down a rat in a drain.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
It looks as if you never suffered a stray leaf to dance without an old woman to hunt it down.
"The Three Brides" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Let us add that, in imitation of England, all Europe henceforth hunted down the Comprachicos.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The maid and the little boy came right down to hunt for him, but they couldn't see him, though they came so near that they almost trod on him.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
I thought him alone and ill-treated and hunted down.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
I just went up instead of down, and stayed there, till they'd hunted all the place over.
"Out of the Ashes" by Ethel Watts Mumford
Art rarely catches us: we go half way to meet it, we hunt it down even with a pack of critics.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
We can come down here some time when corn's 'in roastin'' an' have a Coon hunt.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
This was the Indian, and to hunt her down those two had joined forces.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
Hunt him down, Brill.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

"My Father's Spirit, look down, look down--
From your hunting grounds in the shining skies;
Behold, for the light of my heart is gone;
The light is gone and Winona dies.
"Winona - Death Of Winona" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
My Father's Spirit, look down, look down--
From your hunting-grounds in the shining skies;
Behold, for the light in my heart is gone;
The light is gone and Winona dies."
"Winona - Death Of Winona" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
I never knew any more beautiful than you:
I have hunted you under my thoughts,
I have broken down under the wind
And into the roses looking for you.
I shall never find any
greater than you.
"The Great Hunt" by Carl Sandburg
Labor a blessing, not a curse,
His hunting ground the Universe,
So much the more his nature craves
To sound the fathoms of the sea:
What mighty wonders there must be
Down in those hidden caves!
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard
"Oh where ha'e ye been, Lord Randall, my son!
And where ha'e ye been, my handsome young man!"
"I ha'e been to the wild wood: mother, make my bed soon,
For I'm wearied wi' hunting, and fain wald lie down."
"Lord Randall" by Anonymous British
"Thora of Rimol! hide me! hide me!
Danger and shame and death betide me!
For Olaf the King is hunting me down
Through field and forest, through thorp and town!"
Thus cried Jarl Hakon
To Thora, the fairest of women.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf III. -- Thora Of Rimol" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Last year JT Hodges signed to Show Dog-Universal Music and released his debut single " Hunt You Down, " which charted but not very well.
In Israel's military campaign to hunt down Palestinian terrorists, tanks surround the West Bank Palestinian town of Bethlehem.
Cops hunt down boyfriend of murdered woman for questioning.
Wisconsin's wolf hunting season could wind down fast.
The Department of Natural Resources is closing down the hunt in Zone Five, which covers parts of west central Wisconsin.
Assemblyman Paul Moriarty accused of DWI: 'I was hunted down by this officer'.
It is too early to tell whether overall numbers for are up or down for this year's hunt .
Wolves Montana Shuts Down Hunting in Some Areas After Death of 'Most Famous Wolf in the World '.
For you, shopping is the ultimate game - hunting down the perfect pair of pumps and scoring the best deals.
Joe must hunt down Old Joe, who has his owns desperate motives for being in his past.
Immediately, mob boss Abe (Jeff Daniels) gives orders to hunt both Joes down.
How on earth did scrappy, lovable, cut-rate Southwest hunt down its competition and emerge from all of the turbulence as the nation's largest domestic carrier.
28-year-old charged with planning to 'hunt down' re-elected president.
I have a soft spot for the sort of top-shelf kicks typified by Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, which will inevitably be known years from now, as you hunt it down on Netflix, as "the Dubai one.".
Perseverance pays dividends on a trophy buffalo hunt Down Under.
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In science:

Our thanks also goes to ESO librarian Uta Grothkopf for hunting down the articles of Rosino (1953) and Nobili (1957) which are not available through ADS, and to Vincenzo Forch` ı who translated them from Italian.
CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: Variable star census and physical parameter estimates
Trotta, “Hunting Down the Best Model of Inflation with Bayesian Evidence,” Phys.
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
The most comprehensive hunt for ecological chaos was down by Ellner and Turchin ().
The Time Invariance Principle, Ecological (Non)Chaos, and A Fundamental Pitfall of Discrete Modeling
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