One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounrare, depreciative, archaic
The action or practice of persistently pursuing government office, especially for reasons of self-interest.
adjectiverare, depreciative, archaic
That seeks, or aims for, a desirable place; specifically that persistently seeks a desirable job in government service.
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.
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