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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 keelhale

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 keelhale

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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