verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail, as in a particular direction.
- to draw or pull a vessel up on land, as for repairs or storage.
- (of the wind) to shift to a direction closer to the heading of a vessel (opposed to veer).
- (of the wind) to change direction, shift, or veer (often followed by round or to).
- the quantity of fish taken at one draft of the net.
- the draft of a fishing net.
- the place where a seine is hauled.
- Nautical.to change a ship's course so as to get farther off from an object.
- to withdraw; leave.
- 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.
- to bring before a superior for judgment or reprimand; call to account.
- to come to a halt; stop.
- Nautical.to change the course of (a sailing vessel) so as to sail closer to the wind.
- Nautical.(of a sailing vessel) to come closer to the wind.
- Nautical.(of a vessel) to come to a halt.
- to brace (certain yards of a sailing vessel).
- (of the wind) to change in a clockwise direction.
- a relatively great period of time: In the long haul, he'll regret having been a school dropout.
- a relatively great distance: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.
- Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.
- a relatively small period of time: For the short haul, he'll be able to get by on what he earns.
- a relatively little distance: The axle wouldn't break for just a short haul.
- Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively short period, as for repairs or painting.
Origin of haul
Examples from the Web for haul
Contemporary Examples of haul
Botala remembers that the rebels would pull into the island, loot what they could, and then take the haul back to Stanleyville.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Only a mere $15,000 in cash from the haul was never recovered.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
He fell short, taking in less than half that amount, but his haul was enough to scare his primary opponent, Trey Grayson.Rand Paul’s Daddy Issues
July 28, 2014
Tellingly, both still trail the haul stacked up by The LEGO Movie back in February.Is the Summer Blockbuster Dead?
July 14, 2014
So, I haul off and belt him, two or three times, with my fist.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
Historical Examples of haul
While engaged with her father, she would cut wood, haul logs, etc.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
She went with him to haul the grain to mill and was fascinated by the big scales.Dust
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.
The scamps were in high spirits, seeming much pleased with their haul.
Matt it was who tried to put him into the harness and make him haul sled with the other dogs.White Fang
- in a future time
- over a lengthy period of time
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with haul
- haul off
- haul over the coals
- haul up
- long haul
- rake (haul) over the coals