One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘in the autumn they hunted deer’
chase, give chase to, pursue, stalk, course, hunt down, run down
track, trail, follow, shadow, hound, dog
2‘police are hunting for her attacker’
search, look, look high and low, scour around
seek, try to find
cast about, cast around, cast round, rummage, rummage about, rummage around, rummage round, root about, root around, fish about, fish around, forage about, forage around, ferret, ferret about, ferret around
British informal rootle about, rootle around
1‘they enjoyed the thrill of the hunt’
chase, pursuit, stalking, course, coursing
tracking, trailing, shadowing
2‘police have stepped up the hunt for the killer’
search, look, quest
seeking, rummaging, foraging, ferreting, ferreting about, ferreting around
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