Meaning of dragnet

drag•net

Pronunciation: (drag'net"), [key]
— n.
  1. a net to be drawn along the bottom of a river, pond, etc., or along the ground, to catch fish, small game, etc.
  2. a system or network for finding or catching someone, as a criminal wanted by the police.
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