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troll

noun [C] uk   /trəʊl/ /trɒl/  us   /troʊl/

troll noun [C] (CREATURE)

an imaginary, either very large or very small creature in traditional Scandinavian stories, that has magical powers and lives in mountains or caves

troll noun [C] (COMPUTING)

someone who leaves an intentionally annoying message on the internet, in order to get attention or cause trouble a message that someone leaves on the internet that is intended to annoy people: A well-constructed troll will provoke irate or confused responses from flamers and newbies.

troll

verb [I or T] uk   /trəʊl/ /trɒl/  us   /troʊl/

troll verb [I or T] (FISH)

to try to catch fish by pulling a baited line through the water behind a boat: Boats were trolling for mackerel. They were trolling the colder waters of the Channel.

troll verb [I or T] (SEARCH)

mainly US to search among a large number or many different places in order to find people or information you want: They are trolling the internet for new customers.

troll verb [I or T] (COMPUTING)

to leave an insulting message on he internet in order to annoy someone: Getting trolled is one of the most annoying things about buying stuff on the internet.
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