Definition of Keelhaul

1. v. i. 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.



Definition of Keelhaul

1. Verb. (transitive) (nautical) To punish by dragging under the keel of a ship. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To rebuke harshly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Keelhaul

1. to rebuke severely [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Keelhaul

keel over
keelage
keelages
keelboat
keelboats
keeled
keeled chest
keeled garlic
keeled over
keeler
keelers
keelhale
keelhaled
keelhales
keelhaling
keelhaul (current term)
keelhauled
keelhauling
keelhauls
keelie
keelies
keeling
keelings
keelless
keelman
keelmen
keels
keelson
keelsons
keelyvine pen

Literary usage of Keelhaul

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1. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"... to be wanton. keelhaul. (Scand. a«rfE.) Also keel- hale, ' to punish in the seaman's way, by dragging the criminal under water on one side of the ship ..."

2. Ten Months a Captive Among Filipinos: Being a Narrative of Adventure and by Albert Sonnichsen (1901)
"I keelhaul 'em all. We not possible can be licked! " Then he turned his horse as if to depart, but once more lowering his head to the bars, he added, ..."

3. Ten Months a Captive Among Filipinos: Being a Narrative of Adventure and by Albert Sonnichsen (1901)
"I knock seven bells out of de damn Yankees. I keelhaul 'em all. ... leading a hopeless charge against the " damn Yankees " that he wanted to " keelhaul. ..."

4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexander Harvey (1906)
"keelhaul him! " All the time he was jerking out these phrases he was stumping up and down the tavern on his crutch, slapping tables with his hand, ..."

5. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1907)
"л-— " keelhaul " OUNE" (10 S. vi of Mr. Peters's si in ' Ingoldsby L« " vague informat which i Is adopted on t-lii "cobbing." In a recently p do Mogor,' by ..."

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