- 1Pursue in order to catch or catch up with: police chased the stolen car through the city [no object]: the dog chased after the stickMore example sentences
- Police arrived and the group fled across fields but were caught when police chased them using a helicopter.
- I chased after her and caught her left arm with my free hand, forcing her to stop.
- She chased after her, catching her by the back of her skirt and pulling her to a halt on the second stair.
- 1.1Seek to attain: seventy candidates chasing a single jobMore example sentences
- The composure we saw against Italy at Hampden and against Norway in Oslo had gone, blown away by a visiting team chasing a cause.
- But that was far from the end of the action, with both teams chasing another goal as though their life depended on it.
- Performance is the only criterion by which a team chasing greatness can judge itself.
- 1.2Seek the company of (a member of the opposite sex) in an obvious way: playing football by day and chasing women by nightMore example sentences
- Ed, Rick and Benett in particular are sad cases and spend most of their time chasing members of the opposite sex.
- ‘They should be out drinking or chasing the opposite sex, but they are here getting stuck in,’ says Naughton.
- Agatha was a famous beauty from a noble family, who was chased after by the villainous senator.
- 1.3Drive or cause to go in a specified direction: she chased him out of the houseMore example sentences
drive away, drive off, send away, scare off• informal shoo (away), send packing
- The birds were docile on the drive, so the TV people chased them across the road to get some shots of them crossing, being careful to stay out of shot themselves.
- Every time it ends up being even more of an ordeal than the previous time and I am really sick and tired of them to the point where I just feel like picking up a stick and chasing all of them out of my life.
- But they were ready to claim as many as 28 to 30 seats based upon a slogan of chasing the government loyalists out of office.
- 2Try to make contact with (someone) in order to get something owed or required: chasing customers who had not paid their billsMore example sentences
- Do you ever have those days where it feels like all you're doing is nagging and chasing people up in order to get them to do the stuff they'd actually promised to do already?
- But then I feel like I'm chasing people up more and more to be able to do this.
- I spend a lot of time chasing people for information, and it hurts, I tell you.
- 2.1Make further investigation of (an unresolved matter): investigators got a warrant, but they didn’t have time to chase down the caseMore example sentences
- The investigator is now chasing up leads back in the UK.
- If my passion for finding the truth, if my enthusiasm for chasing up lines of enquiry came across to some people as giving an appearance of bias or pre-judgement then I regret that.
- They're only saying that they are chasing up new leads at the moment.
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- 1An act of pursuing someone or something: they captured the youths after a brief chase a chase for limited supplies of hard currency a car chaseMore example sentences
- Police believe witnesses who saw the car either before the chase, during the pursuit or afterwards could have very important information.
- A police van called to the house spotted a BMW and the stolen Mercedes heading in the opposite direction but the car got away after a brief chase.
- From car and snowmobile chases to walking on the ceiling with modified shoes and infiltrating hidden laboratories, Cody has to use all his training to save the world - and maybe get the girl.
- 1.1 (the chase) Hunting as a sport: she was an ardent follower of the chaseMore example sentences
- The thrill of the sport lies in the chase and the hounds tracking the fox.
- The thrill of the chase is secondary because of the need to keep the fox population down.
- It seems that few kings had much time for the thrills of the chase and, in most cases, the hunting was done by professionals to provide meat for feasts and as gifts.
- 1.2 short for steeplechase.More example sentences
- Racing will commence at 4.30 and the mixed card will consist of three flat races, three chases and a bumper for five, six and seven year olds.
- He reminded spectators that hunts were also the backbone of point-to-point race meetings, team chases and a range of social events, as well as the Pony Club - the biggest youth club in the country.
- Racing begins at 3.05 and the mixed card consists of four flat events, including two six furlong races, two chases and two hurdles.
- 1.3British An area of unenclosed land formerly reserved for hunting.More example sentences
- Cannock Chase has rolling hills, heathers, quiet forests and wild fallow deer.
- Cannock Chase is home to large populations of nocturnal animals, therefore we ask that you enjoy the forest during daylight hours only and allow the wildlife to recuperate without disturbance.
- Go in pursuit: a patrol car gave chase and finally overtook himMore example sentences
- The officers gave chase and finally caught up with the suspect vehicle as it came to a standstill in heavy city traffic.
- Police gave chase, finally forcing the driver to pull off the road.
- When the van refused to stop, police gave chase and the four men were shot during the pursuit.
Middle English: from Old French chacier (verb), chace (noun), based on Latin captare 'continue to take', from capere 'take'.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective chased)
- Engrave (metal, or a design on metal): a miniature container with a delicately chased floral designMore example sentences
- The gold foil is chased from the inside with details incised on the exterior.
- A third of all Roman brooches found in Britain have some applied decoration, and most of the rest have relief decoration that is cast in, chased, punched or engraved.
- The swirling movement of the dense repoussé and chased decoration and the sinuous spout and handle are in perfect balance.
late Middle English: apparently from earlier enchase, from Old French enchasser.
- (In letterpress printing) a metal frame for holding the composed type and blocks being printed at one time.More example sentences
- On to a perfectly level tabletop known as ‘the stone,’ he dropped a heavy metal chase.
- The types are set up in a metal chase, which is fitted with a handle and can be used as a stamp.
late 16th century: from French châsse, from Latin capsa 'box' (see case2).
- 1The part of a gun enclosing the bore.More example sentences
- Since powder pressure was greatest toward the breech, this part of the gun tube was thicker than the chase.
- Earlier models often had a molding, or at least a sharp discontinuity, between the reinforce and chase.
- 2A groove or furrow cut in the face of a wall or other surface to receive a pipe.More example sentences
- Common chases - spaces for piping, ductwork and wiring - also must be designed to distribute the utility supply to tenant areas.
- Next, all new air-conditioning ducts had to be installed in the original wall chases.
- For example, photos of a pipe chase can be placed in the model with information tags to identify each pipe and duct.
early 17th century: from French chas 'enclosed space', from Provençal cas, caus, from medieval Latin capsum 'thorax or nave of a church'.