Idioms

Origin of haul

1550–60; earlier hall, variant of hale2

Related forms

re·haul, verbun·hauled, adjective

Can be confused

hall haul

Synonym study

1. See draw.
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British Dictionary definitions for haul off (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for haul off (2 of 2)

haul

/ (hɔːl) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for haul

C16: from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; see hale ²
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Idioms and Phrases with haul off (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with haul off (2 of 2)

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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