EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object) . Nautical to haul (an offender) under the bottom of a ship and up on the other side as a punishment. to rebuke severely.
keel·hale [ keel-heyl] /ˈkil heɪl/
Origin of keelhaul
dating back to
keel·drag [ keel-drag] /ˈkilˌdræg/
keel·rake [ keel-reyk] /ˈkilˌreɪk/
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Examples from the Web for keelhaul Historical Examples of keelhaul
Keelhaul me if I cut adrift at this stage of the game," answered Ferral.
He had sneaked in without Aunt's knowing it, and on reaching home was heard to express a strong desire to '
keelhaul them doctors.'
While he was considering the matter, Mr. Lowington went on deck, and investigated the plot to
keelhaul the professor.
"Yes, you may go; but I'll
keelhaul every man who's not off to his work by daylight—recollect that," replied Vanderdecken. British Dictionary definitions for keelhaul verb (tr) to drag (a person) by a rope from one side of a vessel to the other through the water under the keel to rebuke harshly Word Origin for keelhaul
C17: from Dutch
kielhalen; see keel 1, haul
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Word Origin and History for keelhaul v.
1660s (the experience itself is described from 1620s), from Dutch
kielhalen, literally "to haul under the keel," an old punishment. See keel (n.) + haul (v.). Related: Keelhauled. German kielholen, Danish kjølhale, Swedish kölhala also are from Dutch.
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