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send after (someone or something)
1. To dispatch a request for someone or something to appear or be brought (to one). We'll need to send after some replacement parts to get this thing working again. A: "Quick, someone fetch the doctor!" B: "We've already sent after him!"
2. To direct someone to pursue or bring back someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "send" and "after." When Mary suddenly stormed off in a huff, I sent Susan after her to make sure she was all right. I'll need to send Tom after some more lumber if we're going to get this shed finished.
send someone after someone or something
to send someone to get someone or something. Please send John after the doctor. This is an emergency. The telephone was out so we sent someone after an ambulance.
send after someone or something
to request that someone or something be brought; to send for someone or something. You really ought to send after a doctor. Let's send after a taxi to take us to the airport.