Definition of haul noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɔːl//
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  1. 1a large amount of something that has been stolen or that is illegal a haul of weapons a drugs haul
  2. 2(especially in sport) a large number of points, goals, etc. His haul of 40 goals in a season is a record.
  3. 3[usually singular] the distance covered in a particular journey They began the long slow haul to the summit. Our camp is only a short haul from here. Take the coast road—it'll be less of a haul (= an easier journey). see also long haul, short-haul
  4. 4a quantity of fish caught at one time The fishermen had a good haul.
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally in the nautical sense ‘trim sails for sailing closer to the wind’): variant of hale ‘drag with force’.Extra examples The thieves got away with a record haul of £25 million. When I shout, give a haul on the rope. a haul worth £30 000 a short-haul passenger plane the biggest ever haul of illegal drugs the final haul up the hill to the finishing line the long haul back to Cape Town
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