haul off


verb (intr, adverb)

(foll by and) US and Canadian informal to draw back in preparation (esp to strike or fight)I hauled off and slugged him
nautical to alter the course of a vessel so as to avoid an obstruction, shallow waters, etc

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Idioms and Phrases with haul off

haul off

1

Draw back slightly, in preparation for some action. For example, He hauled off and smacked his brother in the face. [c. 1800]

2

Also, haul out. Shift operations to a new place, move away. For example, The group gradually hauled off to the West Coast, or The train hauled out just as I arrived. [Second half of 1800s]

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