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A dragnet is a method used by police to catch suspected criminals. A large number of police officers search a specific area, in the hope that they will eventually find the person they are looking for.

...a massive police dragnet for two suspected IRA killers.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Dragnet — Студийный альбом Th …   Википедия

  • Dragnet — bezeichnet: eine US amerikanische Kriminalserie, siehe Polizeibericht (Serie) ein darauf aufbauender Kinofilm von 1987, siehe Schlappe Bullen beißen nicht DRAGNET bezeichnet: DRAGNET, ein Datenbanksystem zur Fahndung nach Serienverbrechern …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dragnet — Drag net , n. [Cf. AS. dr[ae]gnet.] A net to be drawn along the bottom of a body of water, as in fishing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dragnet — O.E. drægnet, a net to drag the bottom of a body of water in fishing; see DRAG (Cf. drag) (v.) + NET (Cf. net) (n.). Figurative use is from 1640s; police sense attested by 1894 …   Etymology dictionary

  • dragnet — [n] manhunt all points bulletin, chase, pursuit, search; concept 207 …   New thesaurus

  • dragnet — ► NOUN 1) a net drawn through water or across ground to trap fish or game. 2) a systematic search for criminals …   English terms dictionary

  • dragnet — [drag′net΄] n. 1. a net dragged along the bottom of a river, lake, etc. for catching fish 2. a net for catching small game ☆ 3. an organized system or network for gathering in or catching criminals or others wanted by the authorities …   English World dictionary

  • Dragnet — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Dragnet peut faire référence à : Dragnet, le titre original d une série télévisée américaine, appelée en France Badge 714 ; Dragnet, un film… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dragnet — n. network a police dragnet * * * [ network ] a police dragnet …   Combinatory dictionary