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witch hunt

An attempt to blame and punish people who hold unpopular views and opinions, often under the guise of some other investigation. The ruling party's witch hunt against its detractors sparked a civil war.
See also: hunt, witch

witch hunt

a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views.
The expression was inspired by the persecution in former times of people believed to be witches, often culminating in execution by burning.
See also: hunt, witch
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2 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday rejected the opposition Congress Party's claim of the government carrying out a witch hunt by ordering the Income Tax (IT) department to raid Karnataka's Minister for Energy D.
In addition to his claim about the investigation being a witch hunt, Trump decried the use of a special counsel in a separate tweet Thursday.
We give what we give honestly, but sometimes we feel there is a vendetta and a witch hunt to slur your name in public," said Crangle (inset).
This government has spent most of their time on a witch hunt.
Despite his confession of the existence of a witch hunt, the governor argued that they are only targeting those who commit crimes and act outside of the law.
FORMER FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has dismissed the latest allegations against him as "foolishness" and insists there is a witch hunt against Qatar.
He has no intention of engaging in a witch hunt against people who acted honourably and in good faith in very difficult circumstances.
A statement posted on the Downing Street website said: "The Prime Ministe has no intention of engaging in a witch hunt against people who acted honourably and in good faith in difficult circumstances.
Jake Molloy, of the OILC offshore union, said: "This stinks of a witch hunt.
This case is a witch hunt against the hip-hop industry.
This resembles more of a witch hunt than a serious proposal from a politician," NSU leader Jorn Henriksen was quoted as saying.
In other news about TVC, the organization has apparently decided to launch a witch hunt -- literally.
In a country whose prime minister launched a witch hunt in his speeches in election rallies, many malicious people will thrive.
TV Apprentice contestant Tre Azam claimed yesterday that a council inquiry into an alleged pounds 7,500 benefit fraud was a witch hunt against him.
The first of Sunday's segments is a silly and dated political prank titled ``A Cheaper Way to Conduct a Witch Hunt.