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 for To follow the hounds
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Follow \Fol"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Followed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Following.][OE. foluwen, folwen, folgen, AS. folgian,
     fylgean, fylgan; akin to D. volgen, OHG. folg[=e]n, G.
     folgen, Icel. fylgja, Sw. f["o]lja, Dan. f["o]lge, and perh.
     to E. folk.]
     1. To go or come after; to move behind in the same path or
        direction; hence, to go with (a leader, guide, etc.); to
        accompany; to attend.
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              It waves me forth again; I'll follow it. --Shak.
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     2. To endeavor to overtake; to go in pursuit of; to chase; to
        pursue; to prosecute.
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              I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they
              shall follow them.                    --Ex. xiv. 17.
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     3. To accept as authority; to adopt the opinions of; to obey;
        to yield to; to take as a rule of action; as, to follow
        good advice.
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              Approve the best, and follow what I approve.
                                                    --Milton.
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              Follow peace with all men.            --Heb. xii.
                                                    14.
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              It is most agreeable to some men to follow their
              reason; and to others to follow their appetites.
                                                    --J. Edwards.
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     4. To copy after; to take as an example.
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              We had rather follow the perfections of them whom we
              like not, than in defects resemble them whom we
              love.                                 --Hooker.
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     5. To succeed in order of time, rank, or office.
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     6. To result from, as an effect from a cause, or an inference
        from a premise.
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     7. To watch, as a receding object; to keep the eyes fixed
        upon while in motion; to keep the mind upon while in
        progress, as a speech, musical performance, etc.; also, to
        keep up with; to understand the meaning, connection, or
        force of, as of a course of thought or argument.
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              He followed with his eyes the flitting shade.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     8. To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely,
        as a profession or calling.
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              O, had I but followed the arts!       --Shak.
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              O Antony! I have followed thee to this. --Shak.
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     Follow board (Founding), a board on which the pattern and
        the flask lie while the sand is rammed into the flask.
        --Knight.
  
     To follow the hounds, to hunt with dogs.
  
     To follow suit (Card Playing), to play a card of the same
        suit as the leading card; hence, colloquially, to follow
        an example set.
  
     To follow up, to pursue indefatigably.
  
     Syn: Syn.- To pursue; chase; go after; attend; accompany;
          succeed; imitate; copy; embrace; maintain.
  
     Usage: - To Follow, Pursue. To follow (v.t.) denotes
            simply to go after; to pursue denotes to follow with
            earnestness, and with a view to attain some definite
            object; as, a hound pursues the deer. So a person
            follows a companion whom he wishes to overtake on a
            journey; the officers of justice pursue a felon who
            has escaped from prison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hound \Hound\, n. [OE. hound, hund, dog, AS. hund; akin to OS. &
     OFries. hund, D. hond, G. hund, OHG. hunt, Icel. hundr, Dan.
     & Sw. hund, Goth. hunds, and prob. to Lith. sz?, Ir. & Gael.
     cu, L. canis, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. [,c]van. [root]229. Cf.
     Canine, Cynic, Kennel.]
     1. (Zool.) A variety of the domestic dog, usually having
        large, drooping ears, esp. one which hunts game by scent,
        as the foxhound, bloodhound, deerhound, but also used for
        various breeds of fleet hunting dogs, as the greyhound,
        boarhound, etc.
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              Hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. A despicable person. "Boy! false hound!" --Shak.
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     3. (Zool.) A houndfish.
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     4. pl. (Naut.) Projections at the masthead, serving as a
        support for the trestletrees and top to rest on.
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     5. A side bar used to strengthen portions of the running gear
        of a vehicle.
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     To follow the hounds, to hunt with hounds.
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