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also witch hunt (wĭch′hŭnt′)
An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views.

witch′-hunt′er n.
witch′-hunt′ing adj. & n.
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witch′ hunt`

or witch′-hunt`,

an intensive, often highly publicized effort to discover and expose those who are disloyal, subversive, etc., as in a government or political party, usu. on the basis of slight or doubtful evidence.
witch′ hunt`er, n.
witch′-hunt`ing, n.
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