haul

haul1 [ho:l US ho:l] v [T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: haler 'to pull']
1.) to pull something heavy with a continuous steady movement
haul sth off/onto/out of etc sth
She hauled her backpack onto her back.
the steam locomotive which hauled the train
I hauled the door shut behind me.
2.) haul yourself up/out of sth etc
a) to move somewhere with a lot of effort, especially because you are injured or tired
Patrick hauled himself painfully up the stairs.
b) to succeed in achieving a higher position in society, in a competition etc
He is confident that the club can haul themselves further up the league.
3.) haul sb over the coals
BrE to criticize someone severely because they have done something wrong
American Equivalent: rake somebody over the coals
4.) haul off and hit/punch/kick sb
AmE informal to try to hit someone very hard
5.) haul ass
AmE spoken not polite to hurry
haul off [haul sb off] phr v
to force someone to go somewhere that they do not want to go, especially to prison
Police handcuffed him and hauled him off to jail.
haul up [haul sb up] phr v
to officially bring someone to a court of law to be judged
haul somebody up before/in front of
Campbell was hauled up in front of the magistrate.
haul 2
haul2 n
1.) a large amount of illegal or stolen goods
The gang escaped with a haul worth hundreds of pounds.
haul of
A haul of stolen cars has been seized by police officers.
2.) long/slow haul
something that takes a lot of time and effort
At last we've won our freedom but it's been a long bitter haul .
3.) the amount of fish caught when fishing with a net

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • haul — [hôl] vt. [17th c. phonetic sp. of HALE2 < ME halen < OFr haler, to draw < ODu halen, akin to Ger holen, to fetch < IE base * kel , to cry out (> L calare): basic sense “to call hither”] 1. to pull with force; move by pulling or… …   English World dictionary

  • Haul — (h[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hauled} (h[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hauling}.] [OE. halen, halien, F. haler, of German or Scand. origin; akin to AS. geholian to acquire, get, D. halen to fetch, pull, draw, OHG. hol[=o]n, hal[=o]n, G. holen, Dan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haul — haul; haul·age; haul·er; haul·ier; keel·haul; over·haul·er; over·haul; …   English syllables

  • Haul — Haul, v. i. 1. (Naut.) To change the direction of a ship by hauling the wind. See under {Haul}, v. t. [1913 Webster] I . . . hauled up for it, and found it to be an island. Cook. [1913 Webster] 2. To pull apart, as oxen sometimes do when yoked.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Haul — Haul, n. 1. A pulling with force; a violent pull. [1913 Webster] 2. A single draught of a net; as, to catch a hundred fish at a haul. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is caught, taken, or gained at once, as by hauling a net. [1913 Webster] 4.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haul on — [phrasal verb] haul on (something) : to forcefully pull (something) haul on the reins • • • Main Entry: ↑haul …   Useful english dictionary

  • haul — ► VERB 1) pull or drag with effort or force. 2) transport in a truck or cart. ► NOUN 1) a quantity of something obtained, especially illegally. 2) a number of fish caught at one time. 3) a distance to be travelled. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • haul\ in — • haul in • haul up • pull in v slang To bring before someone in charge for punishment or questioning; arrest. John was hauled in to court for speeding. The tramp was hauled up for sleeping on the sidewalk. Compare: call on the carpet …   Словарь американских идиом

  • haul\ up — • haul in • haul up • pull in v slang To bring before someone in charge for punishment or questioning; arrest. John was hauled in to court for speeding. The tramp was hauled up for sleeping on the sidewalk. Compare: call on the carpet …   Словарь американских идиом

  • haul — [n] something obtained or moved booty, burden, cargo, catch, find, freight, gain, harvest, lading, load, loot*, payload*, spoils, takings*, yield; concepts 337,338 haul [v] move, pull to another spot back, boost, bring, buck, carry, cart, convey …   New thesaurus

  • haul — index cargo, carry (transport), deliver, plunder, spoils, struggle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

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