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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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Words nearby haul off
haulageway, haulback, hauler, haulier, haulm, haul off, haul over the coals, haul up, haunch, haunch bone, haunt
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How to use haul off in a sentence
The coming breaker floated her, and she swung to her haul-off warp.Heroes of the Goodwin Sands|Thomas Stanley Treanor
Other Idioms and Phrases with haul off
Draw back slightly, in preparation for some action. For example, He hauled off and smacked his brother in the face. [c. 1800]
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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