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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.

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.

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.

trawl noun [C] (NET)

(also trawl net) a large, cone-shaped net used for trawling the water for fish
Translations of “trawl”
in Vietnamese lưới vét…
in Spanish red de arrastre…
in Thai อวนลาก…
in Malaysian pukat tunda…
in French chalut…
in German das Schleppnetz…
in Chinese (Traditional) 魚, 在…用拖網捕魚…
in Indonesian pukat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鱼, 在…用拖网捕鱼…
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