- Nautical. to haul (an offender) under the bottom of a ship and up on the other side as a punishment.
- to rebuke severely.
Origin of keelhaul
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Historical Examples of keelhaul
"Keelhaul me if I cut adrift at this stage of the game," answered Ferral.Motor Matt's Hard Luck
Stanley R. Matthews
He had sneaked in without Aunt's knowing it, and on reaching home was heard to express a strong desire to 'keelhaul them doctors.'The North Pacific
Willis Boyd Allen
While he was considering the matter, Mr. Lowington went on deck, and investigated the plot to keelhaul the professor.Dikes and Ditches
"Yes, you may go; but I'll keelhaul every man who's not off to his work by daylight—recollect that," replied Vanderdecken.George Cruikshank's Omnibus
- 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