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Chase, subst., 1) hunting: Ven. 3. Ven. 3 Ven. 3 Oth. II, 3, 369. “this is the c.” Wint. III, 3, 57 (commonly explained as meaning the hunted beast).
2) a ground well stored with game: “at the lodge upon the north-side of this pleasant c.” Tit. II, 3, 255.
3) pursuit in general: “I am out of breath in this fond c.” Mids. II, 2, 88. As II, 1, 40. “seek thee out some other c.” H6B V, 2, 14; cf. H6C II, 4, 12. R3 III, 2, 30. Figuratively: “you see this c. is hotly followed,” H5 II, 4, 68.*“by this kind of c. I should hate him,” As I, 3, 33 (== by this way of following up the argument). To hold the c. == to pursue: Mids. II, 1, 231. To hold in c., in the same sense: Lucr. 1736. Sonn. 143, 5. John I, 223. Cor. I, 6, 19. “To give c.:” Hml. IV, 6, 16. “To have in c.:” Gentl. V, 4, 15. I did send a ring in c. of you (== after you), Tw. III, 1, 124. “in the c. of this fair couple,” Wint. V, 1, 189.
4) course, race: “if thy wits run the wildgoose c.” Rom. II, 4, 75. “the barren, touched in this holy c.” Caes. I, 2, 8.
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