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English definition of “dragnet”


noun [C]     /ˈdræɡ.net/
a series of actions taken by the police that are intended to catch criminals : The police have widened their dragnet in their search for the killer .SearchingThe police generally a heavy net that is pulled along the bottom of a river or area of water when searching for somethingCommercial fishingFishingNets, grids and grilles
(Definition of dragnet noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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