Definition of bounty hunting in US English:

bounty hunting


  • 1The activity or practice of pursuing criminals or fugitives for whom a reward is offered, especially as a profession.

    ‘collecting relevant information about the person you are after and reducing it to actionable intelligence is the essence of bounty hunting’
    as modifier ‘the bounty-hunting business’
    • ‘Hell-bent on avenging his brother's murder, the sheriff takes the law into his own hands with the help of a bounty hunting duo.’
    • ‘She was a fashion model before turning to bounty hunting as a profession.’
    • ‘There are states that are making the practice of bail recovery or of bounty hunting illegal.’
    • ‘The bounty hunting system will allow those hunting said bad guy many different methods to find him.’
    • ‘Because bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico, prosecutors there charged the three with kidnapping and asked US authorities to arrest them.’
    1. 1.1 The activity or practice of hunting wild animals in order to collect a reward offered for killing them.
      ‘bounty hunting virtually wiped out cougar populations in the Midwest’
      • ‘The species continued to exist on Tasmania, where it eventually succumbed to habitat destruction and bounty hunting.’
      • ‘Florida is seeking snake bounty hunters to cull its booming python population.’
      • ‘The arrival of European sheep farmers had impacted on the thylacine in a range of ways, including bounty hunting between 1830 and 1909.’
      • ‘The low numbers were blamed on habitat loss, bounty hunting, and damage from pesticides.’
      • ‘Many people believe that bounty hunting alone could not have driven this marsupial to extinction.’