To haul over the coals
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. [1913 Webster]

Some dance, some haul the rope. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

Thither they bent, and hauled their ships to land. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Romp-loving miss Is hauled about in gallantry robust. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

2. To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen; as, to haul logs to a sawmill. [1913 Webster]

When I was seven or eight years of age, I began hauling all the wood used in the house and shops. --U. S. Grant. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To haul over the coals — Coal Coal (k[=o]l), n. [AS. col; akin to D. kool, OHG. chol, cholo, G. kohle, Icel. kol, pl., Sw. kol, Dan. kul; cf. Skr. jval to burn. Cf. {Kiln}, {Collier}.] 1. A thoroughly charred, and extinguished or still ignited, fragment from wood or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haul\ over\ the\ coals — • haul over the coals • rake over the coals v. phr. To criticize sharply; rebuke; scold. The sergeant raked the soldier over the coals for being late for roll call. Syn.: dress down …   Словарь американских идиом

  • haul over the coals — drag/haul (someone) over the coals to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. If I make a spelling mistake, I get hauled over the coals by my boss. They dragged her over the coals for being late with her assignment.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • haul over the coals — or[rake over the coals] {v. phr.} To criticize sharply; rebuke; scold. * /The sergeant raked the soldier over the coals for being late for roll call./ Syn.: DRESS DOWN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • haul over the coals — or[rake over the coals] {v. phr.} To criticize sharply; rebuke; scold. * /The sergeant raked the soldier over the coals for being late for roll call./ Syn.: DRESS DOWN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rake or haul over the coals — idi rake or haul over the coals, to reprimand severely …   From formal English to slang

  • haul sb over the coals — 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 select committee for failing to disclose vital information in the inquiry. Main Entry: ↑haul …   Financial and business terms

  • haul someone over the coals — british phrase to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. The American expression is rake someone over the coals . Thesaurus: to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym to say something, or to speak to someone in an angry… …   Useful english dictionary

  • haul somebody over the coals — haul sb over the ˈcoals idiom (BrE) (NAmE rake sb over the ˈcoals) to criticize sb severely because they have done sth wrong • I was hauled over the coals by my boss for being late. Main e …   Useful english dictionary

  • haul/rake over the coals — haul/rake (someone) over the coals informal : to criticize (someone) very severely I arrived late for the meeting and was immediately hauled over the coals by my boss. • • • Main Entry: ↑coal …   Useful english dictionary

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