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1. Draw back slightly, in preparation for some action. For example, He hauled off and smacked his brother in the face. [c. 1800]
2. Also, haul out. Shift operations to a new place, move away. For example, The group gradually hauled off to the West Coast, or The train hauled out just as I arrived. [Second half of 1800s]
1. To carry someone or something away to some place, especially by force: The police hauled the troublemaker off to jail. The troops hauled off the spy for questioning.
2. To draw back slightly, as in preparation for initiating an action: The tormented child hauled off and slugged the bully.
3. To do something impulsively: I hauled off and bought a new car last weekend.
4. To shift operations to a new place; move away: The company said goodbye to Buffalo and hauled off to Phoenix.