drail

[dreyl]Angling.
verb (used without object)
  1. to fish by trolling with a drail.

Origin of drail

1625–35; Americanism; special use of obsolete English, Middle English drail to drag along, apparently alteration of trail under influence of drag, draw, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for drail

drail

noun
  1. a weighted hook used in trolling
verb
  1. (intr) to fish with a drail

Word Origin for drail

C16: apparently from trail, influenced by draw
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