water haul
noun Etymology: from the figure of a fishing net that catches nothing but water Date: 1823 a fruitless effort

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  • water haul — noun 1. : a haul of a net that catches no fish 2. : a fruitless effort; often : a trip or call wasted because of failure to meet or see a person intended …   Useful english dictionary

  • water haul — any fishing net that comes up empty …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Water transport in Zambia — Water transport, and the many navigable inland waterways, in Zambia has a long tradition of practical use in Zambia except in parts of the south. Since draught animals such as oxen were not heavily used, water transport was usually the only… …   Wikipedia

  • haul — 01. We had to get a tow truck to [haul] our car out of the ditch. 02. They had to pay $50 to have all the old wood and bricks [hauled] to the dump. 03. The teenager was [hauled] into the office for swearing at his teacher. 04. The juvenile… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • haul seine — beach seine (a net used to encircle fish in shallow water; usually operated by two people wading out from shore, the net has lead weights to keep the bottom on the sea floor and floats to keep the top of the net at or near the surface; there may… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • haul net — A fishing gear similar to a Danish seine but operated from a small boat in shallow water (less than 5 m). Unlike in a Danish seine, the ropes are short and the net is hand hauled while the vessel is stationary …   Fisheries — dictionary

  • haul net — a net operated from a small boat in shallow water (less than 5 m). The ropes are short and the net is hand hauled while the vessel is stationary …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • haul-out — The removal of a yacht or other watercraft from the water for storage, repairs, and care. 12 Am J2d Boats § 30 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Northern Woods and Water Route — Route information …   Wikipedia

  • To haul in one's horns — Horn Horn (h[^o]rn), n. [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. ha[ u]rn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L. cornu, Gr. ke ras, and perh. also to E. cheer, cranium, cerebral; cf. Skr. [,c]iras head. Cf. {Carat}, {Corn} on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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