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verb [transitive] haul pronunciation in British English /hɔːl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehauling
past tensehauled
past participlehauled
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  1. 1
    to pull or carry something heavy from one place to another with a lot of effort
    haul someone/something to/up/into etc:

    I hauled my luggage to the nearest hotel.

    Rescue workers attached the men to ropes before hauling them to safety.

    1. b.
      to move goods from one place to another
  2. 2
    to change someone’s position by pulling them
    haul someone up/into/to etc:

    He grasped Judy’s arm and hauled her to her feet.

    1. a.
      to move somewhere using a lot of effort, especially by pulling
      haul yourself up/into/onto etc:

      I hauled myself up into the attic and looked around.

  3. 3



    haul in


    haul up

    informal to make someone appear before a court or other authority because they are accused of doing something wrong
    haul before:

    He was hauled before the Scottish Football Association.

  4. 4
    British to succeed in reaching a higher position using a lot of effort
    haul someone up/out of/into etc:

    Their latest win hauled them into fourth position.

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