Keelhaul Keel"haul`, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Keelhauled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Keelhauling}.] [3d keel + haul: cf. LG. & D. kielhalen, G. kielholen. ] [Written also {keelhale}.] (Naut.) To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

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  • Keelhaul — may refer to:* Keelhauling, a form of corporal punishment used against sailors * Operation Keelhaul, the repatriation of Russian prisoners of war after World War II * Keelhaul (band), American band from Ohio …   Wikipedia

  • keelhaul — (v.) 1660s (the experience itself is described from 1620s), from Du. kielhalen, lit. to haul under the keel, an old punishment. See KEEL (Cf. keel) (n.) + HAUL (Cf. haul) (v.). Related: Keelhauled. Ger. kielholen, Dan. kjèlhale, Swed. kölhala… …   Etymology dictionary

  • keelhaul — ► VERB 1) historical punish (someone) by dragging them through the water from one side of a boat to the other, under the keel. 2) humorous punish or reprimand severely …   English terms dictionary

  • keelhaul — [kēl′hôl΄] vt. [Du kielhalen < kiel < MDu, boat (see KEEL2) + ODu halen, to HAUL] 1. to haul (a person) down through the water on one side of a ship, under the keel, and up on the other side as a punishment or torture 2. to scold or rebuke… …   English World dictionary

  • keelhaul — transitive verb Etymology: Dutch kielhalen, from kiel keel + halen to haul Date: 1666 1. to haul under the keel of a ship as punishment or torture 2. to rebuke severely …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • keelhaul — /keel hawl /, v.t. 1. Naut. to haul (an offender) under the bottom of a ship and up on the other side as a punishment. 2. to rebuke severely. Also, keelhale /keel hayl/. Also called keeldrag /keel drag /, keelrake /keel rayk /. [1660 70; < D… …   Universalium

  • keelhaul — verb a) To punish by dragging under the keel of a ship. b) To rebuke harshly …   Wiktionary

  • keelhaul — keel|haul [ˈki:lho:l US ho:l] v [T] 1.) to punish someone severely often used humorously 2.) to pull someone under the keel of a ship with a rope as a punishment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • keelhaul — keel|haul [ kil,hɔl ] verb transitive 1. ) to pull someone under a ship by a rope as a form of punishment 2. ) to severely punish someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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