Definition of Give chase

1. Verb. Go after with the intent to catch. "They give chase the car down the avenue"; "The dog chased the rabbit"

Exact synonyms: Chase, Chase After, Dog, Go After, Tag, Tail, Track, Trail
Specialized synonyms: Tree, Quest, Hound, Hunt, Trace, Run Down
Generic synonyms: Follow, Pursue
Derivative terms: Chase, Chaser, Chaser, Tag, Tail, Tailing, Track, Tracker, Tracking, Trailing
Also: Chase Away, Tag Along

Definition of Give chase

1. Verb. (idiomatic intransitive) To chase or pursue a person. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Give Chase

give a sneck posset
give about
give against
give an eye-tooth
give and take
give as good as one gets
give away
give away the store
give back
give birth
give by
give care
give chase (current term)
give cry
give curry
give ear
give forth
give heed
give him enough rope and he'll hang himself
give hostage to fortune
give in
give into
give it a shot
give it a try
give it a whirl

Literary usage of Give chase

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. My Sixty Years on the Plains, Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting by William Thomas Hamilton (1905)
"We give chase. Wonderful Endurance of the Indian Pony. The Stock Recaptured. My First Shot at an Indian. Return with Pawnee Scalps. Coup-Sticks. ..."

2. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1887)
"... or their mooring-anchor weighed ; and in each case the buoy is carried out to eea, when the buoy-tenders give chase, and, if successful in its capture, ..."

3. The Portola Expedition of 1769-1770, Diary of Miguel Costanso by Miguel Costansó, Frederick John Teggart, Manuel Carpio (1911)
"Horses were immediately saddled, *T1 and some of the soldiers went to give chase. They succeeded in killing the mother and one little cub, and with this ..."

4. Publications of the Navy Records Society by Navy Records Society (Great Britain) (1902)
"But if the admiral bear up and come upon a wind himself, then may all the squadrons give chase and follow : which if it shall seem inconvenient to either of ..."

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