verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail, as in a particular direction.
- to draw or pull a vessel up on land, as for repairs or storage.
- (of the wind) to shift to a direction closer to the heading of a vessel (opposed to veer).
- (of the wind) to change direction, shift, or veer (often followed by round or to).
- the quantity of fish taken at one draft of the net.
- the draft of a fishing net.
- the place where a seine is hauled.
- Nautical.to change a ship's course so as to get farther off from an object.
- to withdraw; leave.
- Informal.to draw back the arm in order to strike; prepare to deal a blow: He hauled off and struck the insolent lieutenant a blow to the chin.
- to bring before a superior for judgment or reprimand; call to account.
- to come to a halt; stop.
- Nautical.to change the course of (a sailing vessel) so as to sail closer to the wind.
- Nautical.(of a sailing vessel) to come closer to the wind.
- Nautical.(of a vessel) to come to a halt.
- to brace (certain yards of a sailing vessel).
- (of the wind) to change in a clockwise direction.
- a relatively great period of time: In the long haul, he'll regret having been a school dropout.
- a relatively great distance: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.
- Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.
- a relatively small period of time: For the short haul, he'll be able to get by on what he earns.
- a relatively little distance: The axle wouldn't break for just a short haul.
- Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively short period, as for repairs or painting.
Origin of haul
Related Words for hauledtote, ride, rake, tow, cart, bring, drag, lift, hoist, remove, lug, carry, heave, transport, pack, shoulder, buck, draw, raise, elevate
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Contemporary Examples of hauled
And a 9-year-old black girl was handcuffed and hauled off to jail by police in Oregon.It's Not Just Teens Like Michael Brown—Even Small Black Children Are Suspect
August 20, 2014
Here he is describing the state of the body when it is hauled ashore: “Its humanity had been lost to the ravages of nature.”This Week’s Hot Reads: March 3, 2014
March 3, 2014
We hauled them out immediately, regardless of his feelings.Polar Explorer vs. Reality TV Crew: Tim Jarvis in the Footsteps of Shackleton
January 12, 2014
Shawn sat up to say something, and he hauled off and backhanded her across the face.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
During the 2012 campaign, Obama hauled in over $20 million from the financial, insurance, and real estate industries.Jack Lew and the Obama Administration’s Finance-Friendly Status Quo
February 19, 2013
Historical Examples of hauled
Two ropes were then hauled on board the vessel, a larger and a smaller.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
We had hauled our manly tacks aboard, and had no thoughts of plunder.
I hauled him in, and he told me, he thought, some one had hold of the other end of the sweep.
The strange brig had hauled up for us even before we got out the launch.
At this sight, we hauled up close on a wind, it blowing very fresh.
- in a future time
- over a lengthy period of time
Word Origin for haul
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with haul
- haul off
- haul over the coals
- haul up
- long haul
- rake (haul) over the coals