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dragnet

noun drag·net \ˈdrag-ˌnet\

: a series of actions that are done by the police in order to catch criminals

: a net that is pulled along the bottom of a river, lake, pond, etc., to search for or collect something

Full Definition of DRAGNET

1
a :  a net drawn along the bottom of a body of water
b :  a net used on the ground (as to capture small game)
2
:  a network of measures for apprehension (as of criminals)

Examples of DRAGNET

  1. Nine suspects were caught in the police dragnet.

First Known Use of DRAGNET

circa 1541

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