in pursuit of

in pursuit of something

chasing after something. Bill spends most of his time in pursuit of money. Every year Bob goes into the countryside in pursuit of butterflies.
See also: of, pursuit
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When he had rested and bound up his wounded leg he started on in pursuit of the drifting canoe.
In another second I was running, one of a tumultuous shouting crowd, in pursuit of the escaping Leopard-man.
M'ling was ahead, close in pursuit of the fugitive.
None were keener in pursuit of this kind of game than M'Dougal and David Stuart; the latter was reminded of aquatic sports on the coast of Labrador, and his hunting exploits in the Northwest.
M'Dougal and David Stuart, had strolled away to the south of the island in pursuit of penguins.
To be whimsical, therefore, in pursuit of a whim, fanciful in the chase of a fancy, is surely but to maintain the spirit of the game.
She arrived yesterday in pursuit of her husband, but perhaps you know this already from himself.
If these men had stolen the boat shortly after dark (which I have no doubt they did), we were near enough to the land to make it vain to send in pursuit of them, when the discovery was made in the morning.
So back they all went into Mr Allworthy's hall; where Tom desired them to stay till his return, and then went himself in pursuit of the good man.
The Crows were in pursuit of a band of Cheyennes, who had attacked their village in the night and killed one of their people.
Captain Bonneville, who was at the head of the line, and had seen the transaction at a distance, detached a party in pursuit of Tom.
Turning quickly toward his flier, he was soon rising from the plaza in pursuit of Thar Ban.
They had barely time to hasten away farther into the forest before the first of the raiders had crossed the clearing and entered it in pursuit of them.
He also knew the danger of his present situation too well to hazard what was left in pursuit of that which was lost.
It was carved richly out of ebony by his own hand, and inlaid with a fanciful tracery of pearl, representing a boy in pursuit of a butterfly, which, elsewhere, had become a winged spirit, and was flying heavenward; while the boy, or youth, had found such efficacy in his strong desire that he ascended from earth to cloud, and from cloud to celestial atmosphere, to win the beautiful.