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trawl

verb uk   /trɔːl/ us    /trɑːl/

trawl verb (FISH)

[T] to pull a large, cone-shaped net through the sea at a deep level behind a special boat in order to catch fish: They trawl these waters for cod.Commercial fishingFishing

trawl verb (SEARCH)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to search among a large number or many different places in order to find people or information you want: The newspaper had trawled its files for photos of the new minister. You need to trawl through a lot of data to get results that are valid.Searching

trawl

noun [C] uk   /trɔːl/ us    /trɑːl/

trawl noun [C] (SEARCH)

a search among a large number or many different places in order to find people or information you want: We did a wide trawl to find the right person to play the part.Searching

trawl noun [C] (NET)

(also trawl net) a large, cone-shaped net used for trawling the water for fishCommercial fishingFishing
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