haul around, Nautical.
    1. to brace (certain yards of a sailing vessel).
    2. (of the wind) to change in a clockwise direction.
    haul in with, Nautical. to approach.
    haul/shag ass, Slang: Vulgar. to get a move on; hurry.
    long haul,
    1. a relatively great period of time: In the long haul, he'll regret having been a school dropout.
    2. a relatively great distance: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.
    3. Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.
    short haul,
    1. a relatively small period of time: For the short haul, he'll be able to get by on what he earns.
    2. a relatively little distance: The axle wouldn't break for just a short haul.
    3. Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively short period, as for repairs or painting.

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

Related Words for haul up

arrive, pause, brake

British Dictionary definitions for haul up

haul up

verb (adverb)

(tr) informal to call to account or criticize
nautical to sail (a vessel) closer to the wind



to drag or draw (something) with effort
(tr) to transport, as in a lorry
nautical to alter the course of (a vessel), esp so as to sail closer to the wind
(tr) nautical to draw or hoist (a vessel) out of the water onto land or a dock for repair, storage, etc
(intr) nautical (of the wind) to blow from a direction nearer the bowCompare veer 1 (def. 3b)
(intr) to change one's opinion or action


the act of dragging with effort
(esp of fish) the amount caught at a single time
something that is hauled
the goods obtained from a robbery
a distance of haulinga three-mile haul
the amount of a contraband seizurearms haul; drugs haul
in the long haul or over the long haul
  1. in a future time
  2. over a lengthy period of time

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 up



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.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with haul up

haul up


Come to a halt, stop, as in We hauled up in front of the hotel.


Bring someone before a superior or other authority, call someone to account. For example, This was the third time he'd been hauled up before the judge. [Mid-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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