chase1 [ tʃeıs ] verb **
▸ 1 follow someone/something quickly
▸ 2 force someone from power
▸ 3 hurry
▸ 4 try hard to get something
▸ 5 decorate metal
1. ) intransitive or transitive to follow someone or something quickly in order to catch them: PURSUE:
They were chased by photographers as they took their son to school.
chase after: I chased after the robbers for several blocks.
chase someone/something down/up/along something: The band has often been chased down the street by enthusiastic fans.
a ) transitive to follow someone or something quickly in order to make them go away:
chase someone/something off: The male fish chases off other males that try to get too close to the females.
chase someone/something away: He chased the snakes away with a stick.
chase someone/something out of something: We chased the cat out of the house.
2. ) transitive to force someone out of a position of power:
chase someone/something from something: The military leaders were chased from power two years ago.
chase someone/something out of something: Amin was chased out of the country in 1979.
3. ) intransitive INFORMAL to do something in a hurry:
chase down/up/along: I saw Jill chasing up the walk waving a letter.
chase around: I've been chasing around all week buying presents.
chase all over: There's no sense in chasing all over the country.
4. ) transitive to try hard to get something you want such as a job, prize, or money:
Tiger Woods was chasing another European title.
Many companies are still chasing debts that are more than five years old.
a ) intransitive or transitive to try to get someone to have a sexual relationship with you:
Aren't you getting a bit old for chasing girls?
chase after: She could not imagine him chasing after other women.
5. ) transitive TECHNICAL to decorate metal using a special tool:
an elaborately chased silver dish
,chase a`way phrasal verb transitive LITERARY
to get rid of something unpleasant
,chase `down phrasal verb transitive
to try hard to catch someone or to get something you need:
Police chased down two suspects seen fleeing the scene of the crime.
As soon as we chase down further information, we will bring it to you.
,chase `up phrasal verb transitive MAINLY BRITISH
1. ) to find out what is being done about something:
My department is responsible for chasing up deliveries.
2. ) to ask someone who should have done something why they have not done it:
Why don't you chase up those software people today?
chase 2 [ tʃeıs ] noun *
1. ) count the action of following someone or something quickly because you want to catch them:
Stop thief! they shouted and joined in the chase.
a car/police chase: a high-speed car chase
a ) give chase FORMAL to follow someone quickly in order to catch them:
The man ran out and Darnell gave chase.
2. ) singular the act of trying to get something you want:
The thrill of the chase motivates many entrepreneurs to attempt takeovers.
chase for: Tiger Woods is leading the chase for the championship.
cut to the chase INFORMAL
to start to talk about the most important part of something, without wasting time:
OK, let's cut to the chase. How much do you want?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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