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dragnet

noun [C] uk   /ˈdræɡ.net/ us  
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
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