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dragnet

Syllabification: drag·net
Pronunciation: /ˈdraɡˌnet
 
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Definition of dragnet in English:

noun

1A net drawn through a river or across ground to trap fish or game.
Example sentences
  • The city fishermen use the shore seine, a huge dragnet attached to a three-kilometre long rope to catch species like the small stolephorus fish.
  • Ecology Action Centre challenges the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on dragnet fishing policy.
  • Fishermen still using dragnets are being urged by the Trat provincial authority to turn to tourism as an alternative profession, in the hope that this will mitigate the impact of the government's decision to ban dragnet fishery.
1.1A systematic search for someone or something, especially criminals or criminal activity.
Example sentences
  • The search was conducted more like a police dragnet than a traditional intelligence investigation.
  • Its inclusion in the criminal code will allow for broad police dragnets and detentions.
  • Pedestrians were also caught in the police dragnet and interviewed by officers searching for even the smallest clue that could spark a new line of inquiry.

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