"large rope used for mooring, towing, etc.," 1294, from Anglo-Fr. haucer, from O.Fr. halcier, lit. "hoister," from V.L. *altiare, alteration of L.L. altare "make high," from altus "high" (see old). Altered in Eng. on mistaken association with hawse (from O.E. hals "prow of a
ship," from the Gmc. word for "neck") and the hauling of boats.