- 1[countable] (often used with the) an act of running or driving after someone or something in order to catch them The thieves were caught by police after a short chase. a high-speed car chase We lost him in the narrow streets and had to give up the chase (= stop chasing him). to take up the chase (= start chasing someone) The chase is on! for success/money/work
- 2[singular] a process of trying hard to get something Three teams are involved in the chase for the championship. the title chase in sports
- 3 the chase [singular] hunting animals as a sport She enjoyed the thrill of the chase. see also paper chase, wild goose chase Idioms
running/driving afternounjump to other results
to stop wasting time and start talking about the most important thing Right, let's cut to the chase. How much is it going to cost?
cut to the chase (informal)jump to other results
to begin to run after someone or something in order to catch them We gave chase along the sidewalk.
give chase (literary)jump to other results