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- v. to pursue and apprehend someone or something.
- v. to investigate the cause of something
Sorry, no etymologies found.
It was geared to chase down a terrified and fleeing morsel, to steam it into a tasty, half-cooked state, to crunch it into digestible chunks soaked in delicious blood, to swallow the delectable pieces, then to burp afterward and take a pleasant nap.
I guess they disperse to chase down the underwear-free set as they hit the clubs.
If we had choked off supplies and munitions at their entry into the theater, we would not have had to chase down individual trucks (or oxcarts or bicycles) on their way through the combat zone.