Definition of dragger in US English:



North American
  • A trawler.

    • ‘The next afternoon, the boats line up on Newport's Yaquina Bay: trollers and crabbers, long-liners and shrimpers, draggers, charters, and pleasure craft.’
    • ‘Surely one ought to think twice before allowing those same draggers that decimated the cod and its habitat to once again wreak their havoc on the ocean floor and all the species they come in contact with.’
    • ‘‘There are a couple draggers that still fish from here,’ he says, ‘but they just land their catch and it's immediately trucked out.’’
    • ‘Until the moratorium took effect, draggers took a few in Long Island Sound.’
    • ‘I'd worked with lobster and scallop boats, a dragger for one very scary November day in Perfect Storm country.’
    • ‘There is concern over the future of five FPI draggers based in Riverport.’
    • ‘Shelburne County Resident: dragger quotas are the same as last year.’
    • ‘DFO's decision to reopen George's Bank, an important fishing ground in Atlantic Canada, to dragger boats, without first conducting an environmental assessment, spurred the EAC to take legal action in 2001.’
    • ‘He said, ‘in the 1960's English and Polish draggers, and the use of gill nets which caught the breeding fish, all played a part in the demise of the cod’.’
    • ‘‘Fish stocks are being depleted and corals and sponges and all fish habitat is being destroyed each day by draggers,’' a spokesman for the centre, said in a news release.’
    • ‘After our presentation and many others, a representative of a draggers ' association delivered a heated stream of negative comments.’
    • ‘At the beginning of September, the migrants begin passing through, bound for their northern homes - big yachts back to Oregon or Puget Sound, squid boats and draggers up to Sitka.’
    • ‘Just slowing down is not always the best thing they can do for the fellows in the kayaks or the sunfish or the tender old draggers.’