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verb (used with object)
  1. to pull or draw with force; move by drawing; drag: They hauled the boat up onto the beach.
  2. to cart or transport; carry: He hauled freight.
  3. to cause to descend; lower (often followed by down): to haul down the flag.
  4. to arrest or bring before a magistrate or other authority (often followed by before, in, to, into, etc.): He was hauled before the judge.
verb (used without object)
  1. to pull or tug.
  2. to go or come to a place, especially with effort: After roistering about the streets, they finally hauled into the tavern.
  3. to do carting or transport, or move freight commercially.
  4. Nautical.
    1. to sail, as in a particular direction.
    2. to draw or pull a vessel up on land, as for repairs or storage.
    3. (of the wind) to shift to a direction closer to the heading of a vessel (opposed to veer).
    4. (of the wind) to change direction, shift, or veer (often followed by round or to).
  1. an act or instance of hauling; a strong pull or tug.
  2. something that is hauled.
  3. the load hauled at one time; quantity carried or transported.
  4. the distance or route over which anything is hauled.
  5. Fishing.
    1. the quantity of fish taken at one draft of the net.
    2. the draft of a fishing net.
    3. the place where a seine is hauled.
  6. the act of taking or acquiring something.
  7. something that is taken or acquired: The thieves' haul included several valuable paintings.
Verb Phrases
  1. haul off,
    1. Nautical.to change a ship's course so as to get farther off from an object.
    2. to withdraw; leave.
    3. Informal.to draw back the arm in order to strike; prepare to deal a blow: He hauled off and struck the insolent lieutenant a blow to the chin.
  2. haul up,
    1. to bring before a superior for judgment or reprimand; call to account.
    2. to come to a halt; stop.
    3. Nautical.to change the course of (a sailing vessel) so as to sail closer to the wind.
    4. Nautical.(of a sailing vessel) to come closer to the wind.
    5. Nautical.(of a vessel) to come to a halt.
  1. haul around, Nautical.
    1. to brace (certain yards of a sailing vessel).
    2. (of the wind) to change in a clockwise direction.
  2. haul in with, Nautical. to approach.
  3. haul/shag ass, Slang: Vulgar. to get a move on; hurry.
  4. long haul,
    1. a relatively great period of time: In the long haul, he'll regret having been a school dropout.
    2. a relatively great distance: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.
    3. Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.
  5. short haul,
    1. a relatively small period of time: For the short haul, he'll be able to get by on what he earns.
    2. a relatively little distance: The axle wouldn't break for just a short haul.
    3. Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively short period, as for repairs or painting.

Origin of haul

1550–60; earlier hall, variant of hale2
Related formsre·haul, verbun·hauled, adjective
Can be confusedhall haul

Synonym study

1. See draw.


verb (used with object), shagged, shag·ging.
  1. to chase or follow after; pursue.
  2. to go after and bring back; fetch.
  3. Baseball. to retrieve and throw back (fly balls) in batting practice.
  1. shag ass, Slang: Vulgar. to depart, especially hurriedly; get going.

Origin of shag4

1930–35; origin uncertain; see shack2
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British Dictionary definitions for shag ass


  1. a matted tangle, esp of hair, wool, etc
  2. a napped fabric, usually a rough wool
  3. shredded coarse tobacco
verb shags, shagging or shagged
  1. (tr) to make shaggy

Word Origin

Old English sceacga; related to sceaga shaw 1, Old Norse skegg beard, skagi tip, skōgr forest


  1. a cormorant, esp the green cormorant (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
  2. like a shag on a rock Australian slang abandoned and alone

Word Origin

C16: special use of shag 1, with reference to its crest


verb shags, shagging or shagged
  1. to have sexual intercourse with (a person)
  2. (tr often foll by out; usually passive) to exhaust; tire
  1. an act of sexual intercourse

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin


Though still likely to cause offence to many older or more conservative people, this word has lost a lot of its shock value of late. It seems to have a jocular, relaxed connotation, which most of the other words in this field do not. No doubt its acceptability has been accelerated by its use in the title of an Austin Powers film. Interestingly, though advertisements for the film caused a large number of complaints to the British Advertising Standards Authority, they were not upheld


  1. to drag or draw (something) with effort
  2. (tr) to transport, as in a lorry
  3. nautical to alter the course of (a vessel), esp so as to sail closer to the wind
  4. (tr) nautical to draw or hoist (a vessel) out of the water onto land or a dock for repair, storage, etc
  5. (intr) nautical (of the wind) to blow from a direction nearer the bowCompare veer 1 (def. 3b)
  6. (intr) to change one's opinion or action
  1. the act of dragging with effort
  2. (esp of fish) the amount caught at a single time
  3. something that is hauled
  4. the goods obtained from a robbery
  5. a distance of haulinga three-mile haul
  6. the amount of a contraband seizurearms haul; drugs haul
  7. in the long haul or over the long haul
    1. in a future time
    2. over a lengthy period of time

Word Origin

C16: from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; see hale ²
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Word Origin and History for shag ass



1590s, "cloth having a velvet nap on one side," perhaps from Old English sceacga "rough matted hair or wool," from Proto-Germanic *skagjan (cf. Old Norse skegg, Swedish skägg "beard"), perhaps related to Old High German scahho "promontory," Old Norse skagi "a cape, headland," with a connecting sense of "jutting out, projecting." But the word appears to be missing in Middle English. Of tobacco, "cut in fine shreds," it is recorded from 1789; of carpets, rugs, etc., from 1946.



"copulate with," 1788, probably from obsolete verb shag (late 14c.) "to shake, waggle," which probably is connected to shake.

And þe boot, amydde þe water, was shaggid. [Wyclif]

Cf. shake it in U.S. blues slang from 1920s, ostensibly with reference to dancing. But cf. also shag (v.), used from 1610s in a sense "to roughen or make shaggy." Also the name of a dance popular in U.S. 1930s and '40s. Related: Shagged; shagging.



1660s, "act of hauling," from haul (v.). Meaning "something gained" is from 1776, perhaps on notion of "drawing" a profit, or of the catch from hauling fishing nets. Meaning "distance over which something must be hauled" (usually with long or short) is attested from 1873.



in baseball, "to go after and catch" (fly balls), by 1913, of uncertain origin. Century Dictionary has it as a secondary sense of a shag (v.) "to rove about as a stroller or beggar" (1851), which is perhaps from shack (n.) "disreputable fellow" (1680s), short for shake-rag, an old term for a beggar.



1580s, hall, variant spelling of Middle English halen (see hale (v.)), representing a change in pronunciation after c.1200. Spelling with -au- or -aw- is from early 17c. Related: Hauled; hauling. To haul off "pull back a little" before striking or otherwise acting is American English, 1802.

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