trotline

[ trot-lahyn ]
/ ˈtrɒtˌlaɪn /

noun

a strong fishing line strung across a stream, or deep into a river, having individual hooks attached by smaller lines at intervals.

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Origin of trotline

1825–35; perhaps trot1 + line1
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Example sentences from the Web for trotline

  • No nibbles on the trotline last night, but a huge fish heaved his side out of the water just now.

    The houseboat book|William F. Waugh

British Dictionary definitions for trotline

trotline
/ (ˈtrɒtˌlaɪn) /

noun

angling a long line suspended across a stream, river, etc, to which shorter hooked and baited lines are attachedCompare trawl (def. 2) See also setline
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