AskDefine | Define dragnet

Dictionary Definition



1 a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals); "caught in the police dragnet"
2 a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths [syn: trawl, trawl net]

User Contributed Dictionary



drag + net


  1. A net dragged across the bottom of a body of water.
  2. Heightened efforts by law-enforcement personnel to capture suspects.

Extensive Definition

Dragnet may refer to:
dragnet in German: Dragnet
dragnet in Dutch: Dragnet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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