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.
- haul off,
- haul over the coals,
- haul up,
- 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
Examples from the Web for hauled
Here he is describing the state of the body when it is hauled ashore: “Its humanity had been lost to the ravages of nature.”
We hauled them out immediately, regardless of his feelings.Polar Explorer vs. Reality TV Crew: Tim Jarvis in the Footsteps of Shackleton|Darrell Hartman|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Lloyd Green|February 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The next night, they hauled the mattress out of their room and brought it outside to sleep on.We Survived the Triumph: Passengers Describe Their Doomed Carnival Cruise|Winston Ross, Eliza Shapiro, Sam Register|February 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
With intense relief we saw Jack hauled on board over the stern; but papa was still in the water.A Yacht Voyage Round England|W.H.G. Kingston
"Me to," the Arizonian laughed easily, and he hauled up the line.The Pirate of Panama|William MacLeod Raine
Water had to be hauled for miles, and it was muddy and salty, at that.The Prairie Wife|Arthur Stringer
At a signal from the flag-ship the boats are hauled to the companion-ladders, and the men pour into them.
On landing, we hauled up the canoe, and then commenced collecting sticks for a fire.In the Wilds of Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
- 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