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Definition of trawl verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trawl
    he / she / it trawls
    past simple trawled
    -ing form trawling
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  1. 1[intransitive] trawl (for something) to fish for something by pulling a large net with a wide opening through the water
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to search through a large amount of information or a large number of people, places, etc. looking for a particular thing or person trawl something (for something/somebody) She trawled the thrift shops looking for bargains. Major companies trawl the universities for potential hires. trawl (through something) (for something/somebody) The police are trawling through their files for similar cases.
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