what is the difference between "chase" and "chase down"??
chasing a daydream
chasing down a daydream
I think there is no difference in meaning.
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Chase down is a phrasal verb meaning:
to follow and catch (someone or something):
Police chased down the robber in an alley.
to search for and find (someone or something):
I finally chased down that recipe I promised you. I chased him down at his old hangout.
Whereas, Chase is a word which could be used in different ways.
As a verb:
- pursue in order to catch or catch up with: police chased the stolen car through the city
- seek the company of(a member of the opposite sex) in an obvious way: he spends all his free time chasing girls
As a noun:
- an act of pursuing someone or something: they captured the youths after a brief chase
In a nutshell, one is just a word, but together it becomes a phrasal verb.