haul around, Nautical.
    1. to brace (certain yards of a sailing vessel).
    2. (of the wind) to change in a clockwise direction.
    haul in with, Nautical. to approach.
    haul/shag ass, Slang: Vulgar. to get a move on; hurry.
    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.
    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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for haul

Contemporary Examples of haul

Historical Examples of haul

  • While engaged with her father, she would cut wood, haul logs, etc.

  • She went with him to haul the grain to mill and was fascinated by the big scales.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • We all went on board, and I was not sorry to find that we were to haul into the stream immediately.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The scamps were in high spirits, seeming much pleased with their haul.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Matt it was who tried to put him into the harness and make him haul sled with the other dogs.

    White Fang

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for haul



to drag or draw (something) with effort
(tr) to transport, as in a lorry
nautical to alter the course of (a vessel), esp so as to sail closer to the wind
(tr) nautical to draw or hoist (a vessel) out of the water onto land or a dock for repair, storage, etc
(intr) nautical (of the wind) to blow from a direction nearer the bowCompare veer 1 (def. 3b)
(intr) to change one's opinion or action


the act of dragging with effort
(esp of fish) the amount caught at a single time
something that is hauled
the goods obtained from a robbery
a distance of haulinga three-mile haul
the amount of a contraband seizurearms haul; drugs haul
in the long haul or over the long haul
  1. in a future time
  2. over a lengthy period of time

Word Origin for haul

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

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.


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with haul


In addition to the idioms beginning with haul

  • haul off
  • haul over the coals
  • haul up

also see:

  • long haul
  • rake (haul) over the coals
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