Meaning of “keelhaul” in the English Dictionary

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"keelhaul" in British English

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keelhaulverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkiːl.hɔːl/ us /ˈkiːl.hɑːl/ old-fashioned informal

to tell someone off severely

(Definition of “keelhaul” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)