Trawled the shops for a bargain.
An example of trawl is to catch many fish in a large net.
An example of a trawl is a huge net for catching many fish at once.
A trawl of local records produced some leads.
Trawled the archives for a manuscript.
A contractor trawling for day laborers.
Trawling through a writer's papers.
To trawl a biography for amusing anecdotes.
Origin of trawl
- Possibly Middle English trawelle perhaps from Middle Dutch tragel dragnet possibly from Latin trāgula from trahere to drag V. tr., sense 3a, and v. intr., sense 2, influenced by troll
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Dutch traghel