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Mary chase

[cheys] /tʃeɪs/

Mary Ellen, 1887–1973, U.S. educator, novelist, and essayist.
Salmon Portland
[sal-muh n] /ˈsæl mən/ (Show IPA), 1808–73, U.S. jurist and statesman: secretary of the treasury 1861–64; chief justice of the U.S. 1864–73.
Samuel, 1741–1811, U.S. jurist and leader in the American Revolution: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1796–1811.
Stuart, 1888–1985, U.S. economist and writer.
to follow or run after (a person, animal, or goal) persistently or quickly
(transitive; often foll by out, away, or off) to force to run (away); drive (out)
(transitive) (informal) to court (a member of the opposite sex) in an unsubtle manner
(informal) (transitive) often foll by up. to pursue persistently and energetically in order to obtain results, information, etc: chase up the builders and get a delivery date
(intransitive) (informal) to hurry; rush
the act of chasing; pursuit
any quarry that is pursued
(Brit) an unenclosed area of land where wild animals are preserved to be hunted
(Brit) the right to hunt a particular quarry over the land of others
the chase, the act or sport of hunting
short for steeplechase
(real tennis) a ball that bounces twice, requiring the point to be played again
(informal, mainly US) cut to the chase, to start talking about the important aspects of something
give chase, to pursue (a person, animal, or thing) actively
(printing) a rectangular steel or cast-iron frame into which metal type and blocks making up pages are locked for printing or plate-making
the part of a gun barrel from the front of the trunnions to the muzzle
a groove or channel, esp one that is cut in a wall to take a pipe, cable, etc
verb (transitive)
Also chamfer. to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)
verb (transitive)
Also enchase. to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser

c.1300, chacen “to hunt; to cause to go away; put to flight,” from Old French chacier “to hunt, ride swiftly, strive for” (12c., Modern French chasser), from Vulgar Latin *captiare (source of Italian cacciare, Catalan casar, Spanish cazar, Portuguese caçar “to chase, hunt;” see catch (v.)).

Meaning “run after” developed mid-14c. Related: Chased; chasing. Older European words for “pursue” often also cover “persecute” (e.g. Greek dioko, Old English ehtan); modern ones often derive from words used primarily for the hunting of animals.

mid-13c., chace, “a hunt,” from Old French chace “a hunt, a chase; hunting ground” (12c.), from chacier (see chase (v.)). Meaning “a pursuit” (of an enemy, etc.) is early 14c.

“bore of a gun barrel,” 1640s, from French chas “eye of a needle; enclosure,” from Vulgar Latin *capsum, variant of Latin capsa “box” (see case (n.2)).


To take a usually milder drink after a drink of liquor: Let’s chase this with a little Perrier (1906+)

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