Definition of pursuer in English:



  • 1A person or thing that pursues another.

    • ‘Although he turned off into St Denys Road to elude his pursuer, he was hit from behind by a bottle and rugby-tackled to the ground.’
    • ‘Sometimes the chase is inconclusive: the fox outsmarts or outruns its pursuers and gets away.’
    • ‘It got so that I was pushing people out of my way, stumbling up the narrow escalator, and finally out into the open, but still walking fast, not wanting to turn around and see whether my pursuer had given up the chase.’
    • ‘A young cow went on the rampage after it escaped from a cattle trailer on the M60-and led pursuers through a housing estate, golf course and school.’
    • ‘But a confidential document produced as a witness statement by one of his pursuers reveals that Hunter also considered bids for Woolworths, Somerfield and WH Smith.’
    • ‘He may or may not have eluded his pursuers physically, but he continues to surprise and discomfit them.’
    • ‘One rider famously scattered tacks into the path of his pursuers, while another took the low road, hitching a lift around one notorious mountain stage’
    • ‘This early medieval Jewish cult has appealed to many writers and pursuers of curiosities over the years.’
    • ‘The separation between Livingston's two chief pursuers was perhaps unjust, but it lasted only until the 56th minute as Williamson's charges let down their guard.’
    • ‘John ran the length of the pitch to touch down in the corner with his pursuers in his wake.’
    • ‘The pursuit climax in the city's sewers is a little ordinary, but even then we have an extremely tense, claustrophobic sequence where Lime can hear his pursuers closing in through tunnels on all sides.’
    • ‘‘I was always the pursued never the pursuer, sweetie,’ Barrie says with a breezy flap of spiky false eyelashes.’
    • ‘Clearly tiring, she crashed and visibly slowed, as her pursuers sensed that she may be caught.’
    • ‘But it's not a happy ending for her canine pursuer.’
    • ‘As November approaches, pursuers of salmon inevitably home in on those Scottish rivers with a reputation for providing a good back-end run.’
    • ‘Finally, with help from his press handlers, the First Minister escaped, waving curtly to his pursuer as the doors closed.’
    • ‘MacDonald says that he threw his pursuers off his trail.’
    • ‘Scott Dunlap was the closest pursuer at the start of Saturday's third round as Woods tried to become only the second man in history to win three Majors in one year.’
    • ‘A manhunt started across central Italy but the murderer, riding a stolen motorcycle, succeeded in evading his pursuers until a week ago when he was spotted near Rome's main railway station.’
    • ‘Preoccupied with the need to outpace their pursuers, his captors did not turn back to chase Scott - but the teenager's woes were far from over.’
    1. 1.1Scots Law A person who brings a case against another into court; a plaintiff.
      ‘the court agreed with counsel for the pursuers’
      • ‘On the contrary, it affirmed the principle that the onus of proving causation lies on the pursuer or plaintiff.’
      • ‘It would have been another matter altogether if the pursuer had actually paid some third party, or had entered into a contract to pay some third party for this domestic assistance.’
      • ‘The risk of a double recovery by the pursuer is met, not through the court process, but at the later stage of the making of the compensation payment.’
      • ‘The judge also agreed that press articles purporting to quote the pursuers' solicitor, Cameron Fyfe, gave rise to a risk of prejudice through ill founded or exaggerated claims.’
      • ‘That there are special circumstances in which a defender may be held responsible in law for injuries suffered by the pursuer through a third party's deliberate wrongdoing is not in doubt.’