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dragnet

[drag-net] /ˈdrægˌnɛt/
noun
1.
a net to be drawn along the bottom of a river, pond, etc., or along the ground, to catch fish, small game, etc.
2.
a system or network for finding or catching someone, as a criminal wanted by the police.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; Middle English; see drag, net1, dray
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British Dictionary definitions for drag net

dragnet

/ˈdræɡˌnɛt/
noun
1.
a heavy or weighted net used to scour the bottom of a pond, river, etc, as when searching for something
2.
any system of coordinated efforts by police forces to track down wanted persons
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Word Origin and History for drag net

dragnet

n.

Old English drægnet, a net to drag the bottom of a body of water in fishing; see drag (v.) + net (n.). Figurative use is from 1640s; police sense attested by 1894.

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