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for To haul the wind
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Haul \Haul\ (h[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hauled (h[add]ld);
p. pr. & vb. n. Hauling.] [OE. halen, halien, F. haler, of
German or Scand. origin; akin to AS. geholian to acquire,
get, D. halen to fetch, pull, draw, OHG. hol[=o]n, hal[=o]n,
G. holen, Dan. hale to haul, Sw. hala, and to L. calare to
call, summon, Gr. kalei^n to call. Cf. Hale, v. t.,
Claim. Class, Council, Ecclesiastic.]
1. To pull or draw with force; to drag.
Some dance, some haul the rope. --Denham.
Thither they bent, and hauled their ships to land.
Is hauled about in gallantry robust. --Thomson.
2. To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen; as, to
haul logs to a sawmill.
When I was seven or eight years of age, I began
hauling all the wood used in the house and shops.
--U. S. Grant.
To haul over the coals. See under Coal.
To haul the wind (Naut.), to turn the head of the ship
nearer to the point from which the wind blows.
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