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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, track
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: down, track
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Detectives hunting Allan Foster last night said significant progress was being made in tracking him down.
And they have issued an urgent appeal through Interpol for help in tracking him down, along with four of his henchmen.
But he failed to appear and now detectives have released a picture of him in the hope of tracking him down.
The suspect could be from anywhere in the North East and officers need help in tracking him down. A man entered the Co-op store at Neville Parade, Newton Aycliffe on Friday, August 15 last year.
Now solicitors have told him he hasbeen left pounds 1.3 million in his mother's will after spending two years tracking him down.