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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pull/drag/haul yourself into a position
▪ She pulled herself into a sitting position.
▪ Back in the study Edward Crumwallis collapsed into the chair usually reserved for boys whom he was hauling over the coals.
▪ A big dray horse might be suited to haul a coal wagon, a more delicate saddle horse to recreational riding.
▪ Suddenly the garage owner, whom you still employ to maintain the car, hauls you into court to block the sale.
▪ He was hauled before a court martial and stripped of his rank.
▪ Scott grabbed him by the lapels and hauled him to his feet.
▪ When the wiry little creatures obstructed her again, she hauled them off their feet.
▪ A few minutes, and Aldhelm would have been stirring and hauling himself to his feet.
▪ Abruptly, he hauled himself to his feet, yawned and stretched.
▪ And how can horses, hundreds of horses, be hauled about by train?
▪ She was recently hauled off a train by the police on some bureaucratic pretext and escorted under protest to the station.
▪ Merchant Navy class locomotive Port Line is schedule to be hauling this train.
▪ Is it when i t has been built, or completed its testing or hauls its first train?
▪ The engines faced different ways on this occasion, each travelling chimney first when hauling the longer train.
▪ It hauled wagons up a I-in-8 slope.
▪ A big dray horse might be suited to haul a coal wagon, a more delicate saddle horse to recreational riding.
▪ Mothei; struggling on tiny bound feet, was hauling a wagon uphill in the snow.
haul/rake/drag sb over the coals
pull/haul yourself up by your bootstraps
▪ At about five o'clock the beach was full of activity, with the fishermen hauling in their nets.
▪ Somehow we managed to haul the boat out of the water and onto the bank.
▪ The ship was hauling a load of iron ore.
▪ Christians have hauled the Republican Party towards their views on abortion and school prayer.
▪ For baths, laundry, and dishwashing, they hauled buckets of water from a spring at the foot of a hill.
▪ For instance, he interfered with the hauling of sludge, causing sludge to back up at the plant, they said.
▪ In Fujian, workers are carving roads into red clay hills, scaling bamboo scaffolding, hauling piles of stone.
▪ Mama didn't bother to invite him when she hauled over Lord George Sanger's circus two weeks ago.
▪ Then the nets would be hauled in.
▪ These men and women work through the night, hauling in the fish, then setting out their nets again.
▪ They hauled seine into nightfall and passed midnight.
▪ It is necessary to get things into perspective before the long haul to the Southern Hemisphere, though.
▪ Over the long haul, how you see others may be even more important in helping your dreams come true.
▪ Waterville Valley and the World Cup finals in late March was going to be a long haul.
▪ More plentiful adult material, about sexuality for the long haul, would have deepened the work.
▪ The long haul up to Blakey Rigg was actually quite entertaining.
▪ It sounds like hell over the long haul.
▪ Far from trying to develop their targets for the long haul, the Milken minions broke them up for quick gain.
▪ The county could subsidize the longer hauls from North County through a discount on tip fees.
▪ From the southern edge of this inland sea, it is only a short haul over the mountains to Los Angeles.
▪ Instead she has developed a strict routine for short haul trips to get her across her pain barrier.
▪ The S S Bodegraven was an elderly steam freighter, serviceable for short hauls but not built for military action.
▪ a drugs haul
▪ San Antonio police seized their largest haul ever of crack cocaine.
▪ The police caught three men examining their haul in a house in north London.
▪ Trevino hid the haul in his mother's closet for over a year.
▪ But the weighty haul may have proved too much for the raiders.
▪ Far from trying to develop their targets for the long haul, the Milken minions broke them up for quick gain.
▪ Given a perfectly uniform diet, this could have an effect since even a small increase adds up over the long haul.
▪ Miles per gallon Then, on a long haul, it wouldn't go up hill or overtake on the flat.
▪ The All-Star goalie collects hockey cards, and boasts a haul of nearly 100, 000.
▪ This may seem like a large haul, but trading standards officers insist it's just the tip of the iceberg.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Haul \Haul\, v. i.

  1. (Naut.) To change the direction of a ship by hauling the wind. See under Haul, v. t.

    I . . . hauled up for it, and found it to be an island.

  2. To pull apart, as oxen sometimes do when yoked.

    To haul around (Naut.), to shift to any point of the compass; -- said of the wind.

    To haul off (Naut.), to sail closer to the wind, in order to get farther away from anything; hence, to withdraw; to draw back.


Haul \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. hale to haul, Sw. hala, and to L. calare to call, summon, Gr. kalei^n to call. Cf. Hale, v. t., Claim. Class, Council, Ecclesiastic.]

  1. To pull or draw with force; to drag.

    Some dance, some haul the rope.

    Thither they bent, and hauled their ships to land.

    Romp-loving miss Is hauled about in gallantry robust.

  2. To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen; as, to haul logs to a sawmill.

    When I was seven or eight years of age, I began hauling all the wood used in the house and shops.
    --U. S. Grant.

    To haul over the coals. See under Coal.

    To haul the wind (Naut.), to turn the head of the ship nearer to the point from which the wind blows.


Haul \Haul\, n.

  1. A pulling with force; a violent pull.

  2. A single draught of a net; as, to catch a hundred fish at a haul.

  3. That which is caught, taken, or gained at once, as by hauling a net.

  4. Transportation by hauling; the distance through which anything is hauled, as freight in a railroad car; as, a long haul or short haul.

  5. (Rope Making) A bundle of about four hundred threads, to be tarred.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, hall, variant spelling of Middle English halen (see hale (v.)), representing a change in pronunciation after c.1200. Spelling with -au- or -aw- is from early 17c. Related: Hauled; hauling. To haul off "pull back a little" before striking or otherwise acting is American English, 1802.


1660s, "act of hauling," from haul (v.). Meaning "something gained" is from 1776, perhaps on notion of "drawing" a profit, or of the catch from hauling fishing nets. Meaning "distance over which something must be hauled" (usually with long or short) is attested from 1873.


n. 1 A long drive, especially transporting/hauling heavy cargo. 2 An amount of something that has been taken, especially of fish or illegal loot. 3 A pulling with force; a violent pull. 4 (context ropemaking English) A bundle of many threads, to be tarred. 5 Collectively, all of the products bought on a shopping trip. 6 A haul video vb. 1 To carry something; to transport something, with a connotation that the item is heavy or otherwise difficult to move. 2 To pull or draw something heavy. 3 To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen. 4 (context nautical English) To steer a vessel closer to the wind. 5 (context nautical of the wind English) To shift fore (more towards the bow). 6 (context figuratively English) To pull.

  1. v. draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets" [syn: hale, cart, drag]

  2. transport in a vehicle; "haul stones from the quarry in a truck"; "haul vegetables to the market"

  1. n. the act of drawing or hauling something; "the haul up the hill went very slowly" [syn: draw, haulage]

  2. the quantity that was caught; "the catch was only 10 fish" [syn: catch]


Usage examples of "haul".

Should this prove to be the case I will leave someone aboard with instructions to haul down our colours.

The people hauled in to testify about why they voted absentee offered a vivid picture of the fierce loyalties, rough politics, and economic pressures that shaped the lives of Arkansas hill people.

Jack hauled himself to his feet, yanked on his jacket, and for the second time that day left without telling Addle where he was going, or why.

So preoccupied was she with her ailing employer that she failed to notice when Damp hauled a large golf umbrella out of the stand by the door and started to wave it purposefully around.

Marks and Charlie Akers hauled Nash into Module Three, the storage compartment across the corridor from the command center, and there they beat the shit out of him.

The platform tilted down ominously as he shifted his weight, but Alec hauled him quickly to safety on the stairs.

Your buddy yonder might be willin to haul your ass all over Mexico but I damn sure aint.

Cassidy was reminded of all the backstage fights he had been part of, back in the days when he still had a band: then the times when he was too fucked up on drugs to go out and play, when Jaime and Amad and the session men would haul him away from the mike and into the wings, demanding to know whether he had broken his vow to stay straight for this one gig.

Daniel took a turn of the rope end around his good shoulder and anchored it as the rest of the team reached out, seized the swinging block and hauled it onto the trestle.

That seemed odd, since the Anointed himself was so grotesquely fat that the effort of hauling his own weight around left him with little strength for anything else.

They liked visiting the coffee plantations where arabica coffee was grown, or climbing to the higher elevations where robusta coffee, the kind used for instant coffee, was grown, or watching the fishermen haul in their catch from Lake Tanganyika.

As soon as he appeared his companion hauled his sail round to bring the aviso alongside the Ariadne.

The Badgeless Maces hauled back on their reins, barely managing to bring their mounts to a stop before the dragoneers.

The moment he cast anchor, the bailo hoisted his flag of captain-general of the Venetian navy, and the proveditore hauled down his own colours.

Tremaine followed Giliead across the littered pavement to the doorway, Ilias hauling Balin along after her.