Definition of keelhaul verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    keelhaul

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkiːlhɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːlhɔːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they keelhaul
    BrE BrE//ˈkiːlhɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːlhɔːl//
     
    he / she / it keelhauls
    BrE BrE//ˈkiːlhɔːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːlhɔːlz//
     
    past simple keelhauled
    BrE BrE//ˈkiːlhɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːlhɔːld//
     
    past participle keelhauled
    BrE BrE//ˈkiːlhɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːlhɔːld//
     
    -ing form keelhauling
    BrE BrE//ˈkiːlhɔːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːlhɔːlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1keelhaul somebody (old use) to punish a sailor by pulling him under a ship, from one side to the other or from one end to the other
  2. 2keelhaul somebody (humorous) to punish somebody very severely or speak very angrily to somebody
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Dutch kielhalen.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: keelhaul