American English

Definition of chase noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    running/driving after
  1. 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!
  2. for success/money/work
  3. 2[singular] a process of trying hard to get something Three teams are involved in the chase for the championship. the title chase
  4. in sports
  5. 3the chase [singular] hunting animals as a sport She enjoyed the thrill of the chase. see also paper chase, wild goose chase
  6. Idioms
    cut to the chase (informal)
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    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?
    give chase (literary)
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    to begin to run after someone or something in order to catch them We gave chase along the sidewalk.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chase