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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.
See also: down, track
References in classic literature ?
Don't forget that you will have only one child now to look after, and believe me that if this man wrongs my sister, I will find out who he is, track him down, and kill him like a dog.
According to a report, he is still in Pakistan but the Sindh police and intelligence agencies have not yet been able to track him down him.
ScottishPower want to reward the boy for his honesty but they have yet to track him down.
DETECTIVES hunting a man who is wanted for a hammer attack have shifted their attention to the south west, in a bid to track him down.
The Evening Gazette first highlighted on November 5 how the man slipped the net - and offered to publish his picture and name to help Cleveland Police track him down.
But Merseyside Police are now trying to track him down over a separate criminal matter.
Five years ago his phone calls home suddenly stopped and Mrs Hobbs has since made repeated attempts to track him down.
He added: "He is no minor player - many people would like track him down.
A professional elephant hunter was hired to track him down.
But their desperation to track him down leaves Gene and Alex Drake suspicious of their real motive.
Now operator Travel West Midlands is desperate to track him down before he ruins more of the city's bus fleet.
However, we think he is still living in the Cleveland area and the public can to play their part in helping us track him down although they should not approach him directly.