Pronunciation: (hôl), [key]
1. to pull or draw with force; move by drawing; drag: They hauled the boat up onto the beach.
2. to cart or transport; carry: He hauled freight.
3. to cause to descend; lower (often fol. by down): to haul down the flag.
4. to arrest or bring before a magistrate or other authority (often fol. by before, in, to, into, etc.): He was hauled before the judge.
1. to pull or tug.
2. to go or come to a place, esp. with effort: After roistering about the streets, they finally hauled into the tavern.
3. to do carting or transport, or move freight commercially.
a. to sail, as in a particular direction.
b. to draw or pull a vessel up on land, as for repairs or storage.
c. (of the wind) to shift to a direction closer to the heading of a vessel (opposed to veer).
d. (of the wind) to change direction, shift, or veer (often fol. by round or to).
5. haul around, Naut.
a. to brace (certain yards of a sailing vessel).
b. (of the wind) to change in a clockwise direction.
6. haul or shag ass, Slang (vulgar). to get a move on; hurry.
7. haul in with, Naut.to approach.
8. haul off,
a. Naut.to change a ship's course so as to get farther off from an object.
b. to withdraw; leave.
c. 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.
9. haul up,
a. to bring before a superior for judgment or reprimand; call to account.
b. to come to a halt; stop.
c. Naut.to change the course of (a sailing vessel) so as to sail closer to the wind.
d. Naut.(of a sailing vessel) to come closer to the wind.
e. Naut.(of a vessel) to come to a halt.
1. an act or instance of hauling; a strong pull or tug.
2. something that is hauled.
3. the load hauled at one time; quantity carried or transported.
4. the distance or route over which anything is hauled.
a. the quantity of fish taken at one draft of the net.
b. the draft of a fishing net.
c. the place where a seine is hauled.
6. the act of taking or acquiring something.
7. something that is taken or acquired: The thieves' haul included several valuable paintings.
8. long haul,
a. a relatively great period of time: In the long haul, he'll regret having been a school dropout.
b. a relatively great distance: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.
c. Naut.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.
9. short haul,
a. a relatively small period of time: For the short haul, he'll be able to get by on what he earns.
b. a relatively little distance: The axle wouldn't break for just a short haul.
c. Naut.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively short period, as for repairs or painting.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.