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be in pursuit

Following or chasing someone or something. The burglar got away, but I called the police, and now they're in pursuit.
See also: pursuit

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

in hot pursuit (of somebody/something)

eagerly trying to get someone or something Reporters set off in hot pursuit of the facts of the story. With border guards in hot pursuit, the boat sped away. The Yankees are in hot pursuit of a good left-handed pitcher.
Related vocabulary: hot on your heels
See also: hot, pursuit

in hot pursuit

if you are in hot pursuit of someone or something, you are following closely behind them and trying hard to catch them The gang fled from the scene of the crime with the police in hot pursuit. (often + of ) Jean immediately jumped into her car and set off in hot pursuit of the truck. Owen Good raced round the final bend in the track, with Mark Bishop in hot pursuit.
See also: hot, pursuit
References in classic literature ?
that different natures ought to have different pursuits, and that men's and women's natures are different.
Why, we valiantly and pugnaciously insist upon the verbal truth, that different natures ought to have different pursuits, but we never considered at all what was the meaning of sameness or difference of nature, or why we distinguished them when we assigned different pursuits to different natures and the same to the same natures.
Next, we shall ask our opponent how, in reference to any of the pursuits or arts of civic life, the nature of a woman differs from that of a man?
And if so, my friend, I said, there is no special faculty of administration in a state which a woman has because she is a woman, or which a man has by virtue of his sex, but the gifts of nature are alike diffused in both; all the pursuits of men are the pursuits of women also, but in all of them a woman is inferior to a man.
Here, then, is one difficulty in our law about women, which we may say that we have now escaped; the wave has not swallowed us up alive for enacting that the guardians of either sex should have all their pursuits in common; to the utility and also to the possibility of this arrangement the consistency of the argument with itself bears witness.
My limbs now tremble, and my eyes swim with the remembrance; but then a resistless and almost frantic impulse urged me forward; I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit.
The summer months passed while I was thus engaged, heart and soul, in one pursuit.
I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule.
There is no pursuit more worthy of me: more worthy of the highest nature that exists: than the struggle to win such a heart as yours,' said the young man, taking her hand.
I did not mean that,' said Rose, weeping; 'I only wish you had left here, that you might have turned to high and noble pursuits again; to pursuits well worthy of you.
Whatever be his pursuits, his eagerness in them should know no moderation, and leave him no sense of fatigue.
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The Trivial Pursuit & Friends mobile game brings a whole new social dimension to the original game, offering players endless fun with fast-paced gameplay wherever they are.
Ford III said in a recent interview that any of his officers may initiate a pursuit for reasons specified in the department's pursuit policy, but that police officer must gain authorization to continue the pursuit.
They initially focused on three main issues: 1) How should agencies communicate as a pursuit moves across jurisdictions?