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keelhaul

[keel-hawl] /ˈkilˌhɔl/
verb (used with object)
1.
Nautical. to haul (an offender) under the bottom of a ship and up on the other side as a punishment.
2.
to rebuke severely.
Also, keelhale
[keel-heyl] /ˈkil heɪl/ (Show IPA)
.
Also called keeldrag
[keel-drag] /ˈkilˌdræg/ (Show IPA),
keelrake
[keel-reyk] /ˈkilˌreɪk/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Dutch kielhalen. See keel1, haul
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British Dictionary definitions for keel-hale

keelhaul

/ˈkiːlˌhɔːl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to drag (a person) by a rope from one side of a vessel to the other through the water under the keel
2.
to rebuke harshly
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch kielhalen; see keel1, haul
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Word Origin and History for keel-hale

keelhaul

v.

1660s (the experience itself is described from 1620s), from Dutch kielhalen, literally "to haul under the keel," an old punishment. See keel (n.) + haul (v.). Related: Keelhauled. German kielholen, Danish kjølhale, Swedish kölhala also are from Dutch.

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