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track down

To search for or pursue someone or something until located or captured. A noun or pronoun can be used between "track" and "down." I've been trying to track down people from my graduating class for our high school reunion. The police tracked down the fugitive to an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of town. My son really wants this particular toy, so I was wondering if you could help me track it down.
See also: down, track

track someone or something down

to search out where someone or something is. I don't know where Anne is. I'll try to track her down. I'll track down Anne for you.
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track down

Follow successfully, locate, as in I've been trying to track down that book but haven't had any luck. This term alludes to the literal use of track, "follow the footsteps of." [Second half of 1800s]
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track down

v.
To pursue someone or something until found or captured: I tracked down the book I was looking for. The fugitives were missing for a month before the police tracked them down.
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Author Peter Blecha is an obsessive music collector and former senior curator of the Experience Music Project: he's spent his lifetime haunting used record shops and antique stores to track down rarities and instruments played by rock's greatest icon, and here provides a lively blend of music history and first- person adventure in the search for elusive music memorabilia.
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Islamic Jihad terrorists Saturday executed an 18-year-old youth who helped Israel track down members of the gang.
Through such research, they were able to find not only census and city directory listings, but to track down Wilson's death record.
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With the goal of developing more-sensitive screens for detecting cancer, scientists have now used quantum dots to track down and light up cancer cells in mice.