Definition of place-hunting in English:

place-hunting

noun

rare, depreciative, archaic
  • The action or practice of persistently pursuing government office, especially for reasons of self-interest.

adjective

rare, depreciative, archaic
  • That seeks, or aims for, a desirable place; specifically that persistently seeks a desirable job in government service.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Cobbett's Weekly Political Register. From place + hunting<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in William Carew Hazlitt (1834–1913), bibliographer and writer. From place + hunting, after place-hunting, place-hunter.

Pronunciation

place-hunting

/ˈpleɪshʌntɪŋ/