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landing net

noun, Angling.
a small, bag-shaped net with a handle at the mouth, for scooping a hooked fish out of the water and bringing it to shore or into a boat.
Origin of landing net
First recorded in 1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The landing net was useless for one of his size, and I would not have him gaffed.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7 Charles H. Sylvester
  • He invited Priscilla to go with him and carry his landing net.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • I resolved then not to mention the sluice and the landing net at all—ever.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • "That's the time," commented Charlie and reached for a landing net.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Bob reached over to get him in the landing net when off he went again.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton
  • We have had to stir such fish up with the landing net before it was possible to do anything with them.

  • The man wanted to sell us what he called a "landing net," but I took a good look at it and pinched Aggie.

  • At the first cast I hooked one, and after a short struggle Bige brought him aboard with the landing net.

    Lost Pond Henry Abbott
  • It was impossible to see the landing net, and we often knocked them off the hook when trying to scoop them up.

    Lost Pond Henry Abbott
  • One man paddled and another stood in the bow of the canoe with a net like a landing net at the end of a long pole.

British Dictionary definitions for landing net

landing net

(angling) a loose long-handled net on a triangular frame for lifting hooked fish from the water
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