witch hunt

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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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The US President has repeatedly referred to the Russia investigation as a witch-hunt, including on Wednesday morning when he tweeted the hearings were part of the "Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S.
"It is a witch-hunt contrary to labour laws and practices," Mbuvi said.
Following the signing of the consent, the case at the appellate court has been withdrawn.#8203'WITCH-HUNT'After the case was withdrawn, Mr Mutua said the alleged illegal purchase of the government vehicles in 2013 was a witch-hunt orchestrated by his detractors who"We are happy that the DPP has seen that we have to separate politics from the fight against corruption.
This started as Russian collusion, this has absolutely nothing to do, this is a witch-hunt that ends in disgrace.
"It is regrettable that a large international company, which has been working in the Russian market for a long time, quite actively and successfully has to take part in a witch-hunt that has engulfed Washington," the ministry said.
MacAskill had said: "It's akin to a witch-hunt and creating a climate of fear."
THAT the Governor of the Central Bank Chrystalla Georghadji has been the target of a witch-hunt by the political parties there is little doubt.
CONGRESS chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the NDA government of indulging in a witch-hunt after the party received a notice from the income tax department in a case related to the now defunct National Herald newspaper.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an's defense, with his unique self-confidence, of his discourse, which has undertones of a witch-hunt against the Fethullah GE-len movement, has not surprised anybody, though many people have found it odd.
"This isn't a witch-hunt - certainly not on my part anyway.
It is not a witch-hunt" Nazir Afzal, the Crown Prosecution Service national lead on child sexual exploitation, defending the decision to charge Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell with child abuse of which he was acquitted "This has been an annus horribilis for the BBC" Culture Secretary Maria Miller "London Fashion Week is horrible.
"Accountability should not become a witch-hunt or an organised campaign to malign or defame a respected and popular national institution like the Pakistan army," the PML-Q leader said, adding that it was also wrong to involve the judiciary in all issues.
If it happens that the chosen scapegoat has multiple numbers, the next step can become a witch-hunt.
Decker first became aware of this papal attitude toward possession when he discovered a correspondence with the Vatican regarding a witch-hunt in the German city of Paderborn in 1656-57.
"But I think it's descended into a witch-hunt and I think it's hiding from our constituents the very good work that many of us are actually doing or trying to do." Commons Leader Harriet Harman said the way to address the "genuine public anger" was to show that MPs wanted to put the allowances system on a "wholly independent footing".