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verb (used with object) Nautical.
  1. to put (a square-rigged sailing vessel) on a new tack by bracing the head yards aback and backing onto the new heading.
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Origin of boxhaul

1760–70; box1 (v.) + haul
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Examples from the Web for boxhaul

Historical Examples of boxhaul

  • There are times when you tack and wear, and boxhaul ship every fifteen minutes.

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason

British Dictionary definitions for boxhaul


  1. nautical to bring (a square-rigger) onto a new tack by backwinding the foresails and steering hard round
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