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haulverb [T]

uk   /hɔːl/  us   /hɑːl/
C2 to ​pull something ​heavyslowly and with ​difficulty: They hauled the ​boat out of the ​water. She hauled herself up into the ​tree.
to take something or someone ​somewhere, ​especially by ​force: FBI ​agents hauled awayboxes of ​records. The ​police hauled him off to ​jail in ​front of his ​wholefamily.

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haulnoun [C]

uk   /hɔːl/  us   /hɑːl/
(Definition of haul from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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haulverb [T]

 us   /hɔl/
  • haul verb [T] (MOVE)

to ​pull something ​heavy or ​transport something over ​longdistances: They use these ​trucks to haul ​freight.
A ​person who is hauled ​somewhere is ​forced to go there: She was ​arrested, fingerprinted, and hauled before a ​judge. If you ​evenmention my ​name in ​public, I’ll haul you ​right into ​court!

haulnoun

 us   /hɔl/
  • haul noun (DISTANCE)

[C usually sing] a ​distance over which something is ​transported: short-haul ​flights It’s a ​long haul to Minnesota.
  • haul noun (AMOUNT)

[C] an ​amount of something that was ​obtainedillegally, esp. after it has been taken by the ​authorities: Police say it is the ​largest haul of ​stolenart in ​years.
(Definition of haul from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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haulverb [T]

uk   us   /hɔːl/
TRANSPORT to ​transportgoods over a ​long distance by ​truck, ​train, or ​ship: In 2006, ​shippers on the Great Lakes hauled 110 million ​tons of ​cargo.
informal (also haul up) to make someone go to a ​person in ​authority to answer ​questions about something they have done: haul sb (up) before/in front of sb/sth The EU gave the ​government two months to come up with a good ​case or be hauled up before the ​European Court of ​Justice.
haul sb over the coals informal ( US also rake sb over the coals)
to criticize someone severely for something they have done: Top ​ministers were hauled over the coals by the ​selectcommittee for ​failing to ​disclose vital ​information in the ​inquiry.

haulnoun [C]

uk   us   /hɔːl/
a large ​amount of something that is ​illegal or has been ​stolen: It was one of the biggest drugs haulspolice have seen in recent ​years.a haul of sth They uncovered a haul of ​arms and ammunition at the suspect's ​address.
a large ​amount of fish ​caught at one ​time: Fishermen have ​complained of ​poor hauls all ​year.
a distance ​travelledcarryinggoods: short/long haul The ​railroads say they can't make ​money off ​short hauls if they don't also get ​income from the ​longtrips.
(Definition of haul from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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