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[Perhaps from trot.]
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a strong fishing line strung across a stream, or deep into a river, having individual hooks attached by smaller lines at intervals.
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|Noun||1.||trotline - a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)|
fishing line - a length of cord to which the leader and float and sinker and hook are attached
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