dragnet

[ drag-net ]
/ ˈdrægˌnɛt /

noun

a net to be drawn along the bottom of a river, pond, etc., or along the ground, to catch fish, small game, etc.
a system or network for finding or catching someone, as a criminal wanted by the police.

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Origin of dragnet

Middle English word dating back to 1535–45; see origin at drag, net1, dray
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British Dictionary definitions for dragnet

dragnet
/ (ˈdræɡˌnɛt) /

noun

a heavy or weighted net used to scour the bottom of a pond, river, etc, as when searching for something
any system of coordinated efforts by police forces to track down wanted persons
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