Nearby words

  1. haughey,
  2. haught,
  3. haughtiness,
  4. haughty,
  5. hauhau,
  6. haul off,
  7. haul over the coals,
  8. haul up,
  9. haulage,
  10. haulageway


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

British Dictionary definitions for haul off

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


/ (hɔːl) /



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 off
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with haul off

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]


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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