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keelhaul

[ keel-hawl ]
/ ˈkilˌhɔl /
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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.
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Also keel·hale [keel-heyl]. /ˈkil heɪl/.
Also called keel·drag [keel-drag], /ˈkilˌdræg/, keel·rake [keel-reyk]. /ˈkilˌreɪk/.

Origin of keelhaul

From the Dutch word kielhalen, dating back to 1660–70. See keel1, haul
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British Dictionary definitions for keelhaul

keelhaul
/ (ˈkiːlˌhɔːl) /

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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