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witch-hunt also witch hunt (wibreve.gifchprime.gifhubreve.gifntlprime.gif)n.

An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views.

witch hunt

noun an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence.

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