Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to hunting: deer hunting

happy hunting ground

A utopia. Used by Native Americans to describe the afterlife. The annual car swap meet is a happy hunting ground for automotive enthusiasts.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

hunt high and low (for someone or something)

To look absolutely everywhere for someone or something. We've been hunting high and low for an apartment we can afford, but the housing market in this town is atrocious. I hunted high and low, but I couldn't find my passport anywhere.
See also: and, high, hunt, low, someone

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

1. To support or attempt to placate both sides of a conflict or dispute. Many have criticized the government of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds regarding the territorial dispute between the two nations.
2. To act duplicitously or hypocritically; to speak or act out against something while engaging or taking part in it. How can you be taken seriously as a reformer when you have continued to accept gifts? You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, Senator.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

hunt down

1. To pursue and find someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hunt" and "down." The police have vowed to hunt down the perpetrators of this crime. If you hurt my daughter, I'll hunt you down, you hear me?
2. To search for someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hunt" and "down." I'm trying to hunt down an extra cookie pan, but I've been unsuccessful so far.
See also: down, hunt


To recruit employees for a business or corporation. Yes, I'm currently headhunting, but none of the candidates I've interviewed so far has wowed me.

hunt after (someone or something)

To search or look for someone or something. Please try not to worry too much—the police are hunting after the suspect right now. A: "Hey, I'm hunting after some wrapping paper." B: "Oh, that's in the drawer over here."
See also: after, hunt

hunt for (someone or something)

1. To engage in the sport of hunting. Last I heard, they were going out to hunt for quail.
2. To search for someone or something. I'm hunting for an extra cookie pan, but I can't find a thing in all this mess!
See also: hunt

hunt out

To search for and locate someone or something that is hidden. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hunt" and "out." Thanks to your description of his physical appearance, the police were able to hunt out the suspect. Good luck hunting an extra cookie pan out in all this mess!
See also: hunt, out

hunt through (something) (for something)

To dig or rummage aimlessly in or through some cluttered place or collection of things in order to find something. I caught my brother hunting through my purse again. A raccoon was hunting through the dumpster for something to eat. We spent the whole afternoon hunting through old photographs of Granny Mary, picking the best ones for her memorial service.
See also: hunt, through

hunt someone or something down

1. to chase and catch someone or something. I don't know where Amy is, but I'll hunt her down. I'll find her. I will hunt down the villain.
2. to locate someone or something. I don't have a big enough gasket. I'll have to hunt one down. I have to hunt down a good dentist.
See also: down, hunt

hunt someone or something out

to find someone or something even if concealed. We will hunt them all out and find every last one of those guys. We will hunt out all of them. They hunted out the murderer.
See also: hunt, out

in quest of someone or something

 and in search of someone or something
seeking or hunting something; trying to find something. They went into town in quest of a reasonably priced restaurant. Monday morning I'll go out in search of a job.
See also: of, quest

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

Fig. to support both sides of a dispute. In our office politics, Sally always tries to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, telling both the clerical workers and the management that she thinks they should prevail.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

happy hunting ground

A place where one can find or do what one wishes without restriction. For example, The North Shore is a happy hunting ground for antique collectors. This term alludes to the Native American idea of an afterlife where hunters find unlimited game. [Early 1800s]
See also: ground, happy, hunting

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

If someone runs with the hare and hunts with the hounds, they try to support both sides in an argument or fight. They want to keep the peace and have everybody happy. For this reason they learn very quickly to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds. Note: A hound is a dog that has been bred for hunting.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

happy hunting ground

a place where success or enjoyment is obtained.
This phrase originally referred to the optimistic hope of Native Americans that the afterlife will be spent in a country where there are good hunting grounds.
1991 Antique Collector With Old Master drawings still considered an undervalued genre, this should prove a happy hunting ground for those in search of a bargain.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

try to remain on good terms with both sides in a conflict or dispute. British
This expression has been in use since the mid 15th century.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

a happy ˈhunting ground

(humorous) a very good place to find what you want: The Sunday antique market is a happy hunting ground for collectors.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

run with the ˌhare and hunt with the ˈhounds

try to remain friendly with both sides in a quarrel: I know you want to keep everyone happy, but I’m afraid you can’t run with the hare and hunt with the hounds on this issue.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

hunt down

1. To pursue, track, or search for something or someone: The panther hunted down the deer. The police hunted the kidnappers down.
2. To find something or someone after a long or difficult search: I hunted down my watch—it was at the bottom of my sock drawer. After two weeks, the detectives finally hunted the suspect down.
See also: down, hunt

happy hunting ground

Heaven; a place of abundance, replete with what one wants. The idea comes from the beliefs of Native American tribes that after death they will go to a paradise with an abundance of game and therefore always have enough to eat. The term appears in the works of James Fenimore Cooper and other writers on Indian subjects. As Cooper wrote in The Pathfinder (1840), “‘Do the dead of the savages ever walk?’ demanded Cap. ‘Ay, and run, too, in their happy hunting grounds.’” Later the term became a euphemism for death, and still later it was transferred to any place of abundant treasures.
See also: ground, happy, hunting
References in periodicals archive ?
Such great attention to the Hunting Forum is in vain, because it was a real hunting holiday full of events and interesting things.
The trophy hunting quota is created on the basis of annual surveys conducted by wildlife experts.
On Thursday last, Senator Talha Mahmood claimed to set a record by hunting an ibex with a 54-inch horns in Hunza district.
The fox hunting law ban came into place in 2005 under the Hunting Act but some are calling to have this law repealed.
Mark Tami said: "Illegal hunting is a growing issue in the UK and is having a damaging effect on our wildlife.
Despite the fact that hunting is prohibited in some areas of the country as well as the Caspian Sea islands, green zones, protected areas including National Parks and reserves, there are some who still violate these rules.
However, if you spend time researching and work hard while hunting, success can be attained.
"While There Were Still Wild Birds" is a study that covers a span of time from the mid 1930s (when Southern quail hunting was still a popular and important field sport) through and after the mid 1980s when the massive collapse of the quail population ended wild bird hunting.
These permits allow you what amounts to private access to these areas for not only hunting, but other outdoor recreation activities as well.
Time to end this hunt cruelty IT is such a relief for animal lovers knowing that the hunting season has come to an end, after a long gruelling winter, at least until the wretched cub hunting season begins in August.
GILGIT: 13-year-old Imam Haroon from Islamabad became the youngest hunter in the legal trophy hunting in Gilgit-Baltistan after he hunted a Himalayan Ibex in upper Hunza, reported leading English daily.
While a necessity in earlier times, hunting today provokes heated discussion between people for and against this most ancient of activities.
And that's encouraging for the future of hunting. As a young woman who enjoys the outdoors, it thrills me to hear other ladies are increasingly becoming interested in the lifestyle I love.
IN PART 1, we provided an overview of retriever hunt tests, based on the two most ubiquitous testing organizations in the United States: the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA).