- 1 [with object] (Of a person) pull or drag with effort or force: he hauled his bike out of the shed [no object, with adverbial]: she hauled on the reinsMore example sentences
- By the end of this cycle I wind up with bins the Terminator would have trouble dragging down the driveway, but I dutifully haul them out in front of the wall and up onto the curb.
- We all hauled the bikes to the top of Mud Hill, mounted up, and raced for the bottom, the first past the tree being the winner.
- Upstairs in the offices above the injecting room, Nurse Andy hauls a suitcase out of the cupboard, heaves it onto the table, and opens it up.
- 1.1 (haul oneself) Propel or pull oneself with difficulty: he hauled himself along the cliff faceMore example sentences
- He hauled himself back aboard and pulled the javelin out of the riverbed, allowing the vessel to float free again.
- One man hauls himself along on a three-wheeled skateboard, propelling himself with his one leg as his opposite hand uses a flat, iron contraption as a cane.
- I've found it much more difficult to haul myself out of bed in the morning.
- 1.2 • informal Force (someone) to appear for reprimand or trial: they will be hauled into court next weekMore example sentences
- The pensioner was hauled before York Crown Court after he struck concert chairman Peter Suter in the face as tempers flared at Burton Lane Working Men's Club in York.
- He began his 18 months sentence for dangerous driving after he was eventually hauled before the courts again.
- He was hauled before a court next morning which he claims was a shambles.
- 2 [with object] (Of a vehicle) pull (an attached trailer or load) behind it: the train was hauling a cargo of liquid chemicalsMore example sentences
- My first streetcar trip had one other close call, a sport-utility vehicle hauling a trailer that made a U-turn right in front of us.
- Police reported that the truck hauling two trailers - with a length measuring 22m - was travelling from Umtata when the driver was believed to have lost control.
- A truck hauling two trailers - with a total length measuring 22 metres - was travelling from Umtata when the driver is believed to have lost control.
- 2.1Transport in a truck or cart: Bennie hauls trash in North PhiladelphiaMore example sentences
- Carnegie needs at least five dump trucks to haul trash to the Imperial landfill.
- As the construction of the huge vessel approached completion, transport firms hauled the mountains of food to the site.
- They are usually used to haul heavy loads or carry cargoes.
- 3 [no object] (Especially of a sailing ship) make an abrupt change of course.More example sentences
- The waters of the Nile slipped beneath the hull and the boat hauled for the western shore.
- The ship hauled away from the dock and proceeded to Mare Island, California, in accordance with the orders of the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Squadron.
- As the ship hauled out into the stream, her bow was swung by the tide downward, and her helm was put to the starboard.
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- 1A quantity of something that was stolen or is possessed illegally: they escaped with a haul of antiquesMore example sentences
- Officers were also criticised for not fully recording details of the weight or quantity of drug hauls or why they thought suspects possessed it.
- Thieves stole a huge haul of guitars and other instruments worth up to £6,000 from a Westcliff music store.
- GARDAÍ have seized more than €200,000 worth of illegal drugs in two hauls in counties Clare and Meath.
- 1.1The number of points, medals, or titles won by a person or team in a sporting event or over a period.More example sentences
- The medal haul was completed by Naomi Boynton, 11, also in the 200m butterfly.
- It would be easy to be triumphant about Manchester as the medal haul headed towards the 30-point mark last night.
- Brailsford said ‘two or three medals’ would be a satisfactory haul in Athens.
- 1.2A number of fish caught.More example sentences
- These were huge fishing craft capable of picking up a thousand tonnes of fish in a single haul.
- Prawn vessels continued to catch fairly large hauls of prawns.
- But Mormon use of advanced methods to net large hauls of fish for pickling and shipment elsewhere had impoverished the Utes and made them resentful and ready for war.
- 2A distance to be traversed: the thirty-mile haul to Tallahassee See also long haul, short haul.More example sentences
- It was a long distance haul, not like a sprint, which is what we will be doing when we compete with our dogs in the Savoie Alps in January.
- What we have to do, is improve the railroads, to take the pressure off the air transport system, so short-haul, inter-city hauls, should be done by rail, not by air.
- Afterwards he loses his sight and from that day is plagued with hallucinations seeded with guilt and shame, the unspoken sense that his condition is a judgment, and his career a long, redemptive haul.
- • informal Leave; depart.More example sentences
- Rather than hurrying to finish my last doodle, I carefully pack it away in my bag and, along with the rest of my gear, haul off to my locker.
- Withdraw a little in preparation for some action: he hauled off and smacked the kidMore example sentences
- Suddenly without warning, he hauls off and smacks her across the face.
- He growled and I didn't hesitate this time to just haul off and smack him.
mid 16th century (originally in the nautical sense 'trim sails for sailing closer to the wind'): variant of hale2.