Definition of haul in English:


Syllabification: haul
Pronunciation: /hôl


  • 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 reins
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    • 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.
    drag, pull, tug, heave, lug, hump, draw, tow
    informal yank
  • 1.1 (haul oneself) Propel or pull oneself with difficulty: he hauled himself along the cliff face
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    • 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 week
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    • 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 chemicals
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    • 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 Philadelphia
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    • 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.
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    • 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 antiques
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    • 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.
    booty, loot, plunder; spoils, stolen goods, ill-gotten gains
    informal swag, boodle
  • 1.1The number of points, medals, or titles won by a person or team in a sporting event or over a period.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


haul ass

informal Move or leave fast.

haul off

informal Leave; depart.
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  • 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 kid
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  • 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.

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