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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.
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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
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Police have also succeeded in arresting six terrorists involved in attacks on security patrols in Sr on April 18, 2013, while their accomplices are being tracked down to be brought to justice.
SEARCH IS OVER: Callum Duff, right, tracked down a TV play set in Saltburn
But forensic experts found his fingerprints on the cash box and he was tracked down and arrested.
A WOMAN who stole from a collection box during a funeral last week was tracked down after the theft was captured on CCTV.
Firefighters tracked down a vet in Whit church when they were unable to dislodge the ball.
The Rip Off Republic host said he had tracked down Mr Taylor through his phone records.
A day after he was unable to come up with a drive to the wall by the Chicago White Sox's Tadahito Iguchi, Anderson tracked down a Paul Konerko smash on nearly the same line in the second inning.
Wiesenthal also tracked down Josef Mengele in South Africa.
POLICE last night tracked down a car belonging to TV star Jennifer Ellison after it was driven dangerously around a residential estate.
With cooperation from Murad and Shah, Yousef was later tracked down and captured in Pakistan, where he was hiding in a guest house rented by a bin Laden-owned company.
60p after a lost bet thought worth just over pounds 300 was tracked down by the Tote.
He and Jacob and another research group working separately had just tracked down a gene linked to hypertension in rats, a tantalizing hint of the rewards of rat genetics.
Juno Online Services' recent announcement that it had successfully tracked down an elusive spammer has yielded an unexpected bonus for Juno - thousands of messages from e-mail users and industry insiders congratulating Juno on its accomplishment.
One heirhunter in the association tracked down the son of a man who had died a few years back.
In Edinburgh, two officers become suspicious when they spot an eight-year-old number plate on an apparently new scooter while, in Stoke, a raid yields interesting results and a suspect is tracked down to an unlikely hiding place.