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Definition of keelhaul verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they keelhaul
    he / she / it keelhauls
    past simple keelhauled
    -ing form keelhauling
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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 someone very severely or speak very angrily to someone
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