|Origin:||haler 'to pull'|
to pull something heavy with a continuous steady movement
haul something off/onto/out of etc something
She hauled her backpack onto her back.
the steam locomotive which hauled the train
I hauled the door shut behind me.
to move somewhere with a lot of effort, especially because you are injured or tired:
Patrick hauled himself painfully up the stairs.
to succeed in achieving a higher position in society, in a competition etc:
He is confident that the club can haul themselves further up the league.
3 British English
to criticize someone severely because they have done something wrong [= rake somebody over the coals American English]
4 American English informal
to try to hit someone very hard
5 American English spoken not polite
haul somebody offphrasal verb
Police handcuffed him and hauled him off to jail.
haul somebody upphrasal verb
haul somebody up before/in front of
Campbell was hauled up in front of the magistrate.