American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A system of coordinated procedures for apprehending criminal suspects or other wanted persons.
- n. A net for trawling; a trawl.
- n. A net for catching small game.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A net designed to be drawn on the bottom of a river or pond for taking fish, etc.
- n. A net dragged across the bottom of a body of water.
- n. Heightened efforts by law-enforcement personnel to capture suspects.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A net to be drawn along the bottom of a body of water, as in fishing.
- n. a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths
- n. a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals)
- drag + net (Wiktionary)
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“The first cast of what Crane aptly termed the dragnet had brought in the management and service staff to a man, with a number of the restaurant's habitues, including Sophie Weringrode and her errand-boy, the exquisite Mr. Revel.”
“Worse, there are hints that the government uses this secret interpretation to gather what one Patriot-watcher calls a "dragnet" for massive amounts of information on private citizens; the government portrays its data-collection efforts much differently.”
“Caught in the dragnet are the handicapped adults who used to line their wheelchairs along a stretch of the boulevard leading to the presidential palace in downtown Dakar.”
“EFF sued the government claiming that AT&T and perhaps other telecommunications companies cooperated with it to allow access to people's phone and Internet records -- a so-called dragnet in a search for terrorist communications.”
“One of the unlucky thousands caught up in the dragnet was a Daily News reporter assigned to cover the ticket blitz; after getting a call from his editor,”
“Two of the people swept up in the dragnet were the CBC's translator, Shakoor, and his brother who was working as a driver for Ms. Fung.”
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