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  1. a hook with a lead-covered shank used in trolling.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to fish by trolling with a drail.
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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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Historical Examples of drail

  • And he was as good as his threat: I saw the drail skipping on the top of the wave as my line came in empty.

    Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast

    Samuel Adams Drake

British Dictionary definitions for drail


  1. a weighted hook used in trolling
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  1. (intr) to fish with a drail
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Word Origin for drail

C16: apparently from trail, influenced by draw
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