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haul (one's) ashes

1. To leave or depart, especially with great haste. I'm going to break your nose if you don't haul your ashes out of here!
2. slang To engage in sexual activity, especially intercourse; to achieve sexual release or gratification. Also phrased as "get one's ashes hauled." After six months at sea, I was quite anxious to haul my ashes!
See also: ash, haul

get (one's) ashes hauled

slang To engage in sexual activity, especially intercourse; to achieve sexual release or gratification. Also phrased as "haul one's ashes." After six months at sea, everyone onboard was anxious to get their ashes hauled.
See also: ash, get, haul

haul (someone) over the coals

To scold, reprimand, or reprove someone severely for an error or mistake. I was hauled over the coals by my boss last week for messing up the accounting software. I know Mary messed up, but don't haul her over the coals too hard for it.
See also: coal, haul

short haul

1. adjective (typically hyphenated and used before a noun) Of, covering, or requiring only a short distance or period of time. I've found that it's actually cheaper to fly into Seattle and then catch a short-haul flight up to British Columbia from there.
2. noun A rather short distance. The bus will take us most of the way to grandma's house, and then it's just a short haul from the station.
3. noun A short length or period of time. Congress approved funding to cover the country's debt for the short haul, but a more permanent solution will have to be reached before the December 31 deadline.
See also: haul, short

long haul

1. A difficult task that requires a lot of time and energy to complete. It's going to be a long haul before I have this car up and running. It needs a lot of work.
2. A long distance or journey. Jill knows that obtaining a PhD is going to be tough, but she said she's in it for the long haul. It's a long haul to Fresno, but if we take turns driving it shouldn't be so bad.
See also: haul, long

call someone on the carpet

 and haul someone on the carpet
Fig. to reprimand a person. (When done by someone of clear superiority. Haul is stronger than call.) One more error like that and the big boss will call you on the carpet. I'm sorry it went wrong. I really hope the regional manager doesn't call me on the carpet again.
See also: call, carpet, on

haul off and do something

1. Inf. to draw back and do something, such as strike a person. She hauled off and slapped him hard. Max hauled off and poked Lefty in the nose.
2. Rur. to do something without a great deal of preparation. The old man hauled off and bought himself a house. Someday, I'm going to haul off and buy me a new car.
See also: and, haul, off

haul someone in

Fig. to arrest someone; [for a police officer] to take someone to the police station. The cop hauled the drunk driver in. They hauled in the suspects.
See also: haul

haul someone or something over to something

to drag someone or something over to something. (Fixed order.) She hauled the boy over to the mess he made and forced him to clean it up. Ken hauled the logs over to the fireplace and laid the fire.
See also: haul

haul someone (up) before someone or something

Fig. to bring someone into the presence of someone or something, usually some officer of the law. The officer hauled the suspect up before the judge. She hauled up the suspect before the judge.
See also: before, haul

haul something down

to pull something down from a higher level. Terry hauled the sail down and put it away. Please haul down the mainsail.
See also: down, haul

haul something (from some place) to some place

 and haul something from some place (to some place)
to drag something from one place to another. I don't want to have to haul this thing from home to office and back again. I hauled my suitcase to the airport from my hotel.
See also: haul, place

haul something up (from something)

to drag or pull something up from below. Jeff hauled the bucket up from the bottom of the well. He hauled up the bucket.
See also: haul, up

haul up (somewhere)

 and pull up (somewhere)
to stop somewhere; to come to rest somewhere. The car hauled up in front of the house. My hat blew away just as the bus pulled up to the stop.
See also: haul, up

over the long haul

 and in the long haul; in the long run
Fig. long term; over a long period of time. over the long haul, this model will prove best. This will last in the long haul.
See also: haul, long

over the short haul

 and in the short haul; in the short run
Fig. for the immediate future. over the short haul, you'd be better off to put your money in the bank. over the short haul, you may wish you had done something different. But things will work out all right.
See also: haul, short

rake someone over the coals

 and haul someone over the coals
Fig. to give someone a severe scolding. My mother hauled me over the coals for coming in late last night. The manager raked me over the coals for being late again.
See also: coal, rake

for the long haul

for a long period of time over the long term Before you invest in Internet stocks, be sure you can afford to invest for the long haul.
Usage notes: also used in the form over the long haul (during a long period of time): It's possible, over the long haul, to see changes in the populations of these birds.
See also: haul, long

haul somebody into somewhere

to use or threaten force to make someone go somewhere He was hauled into court and fined ten dollars for not putting his garbage in sealed bags.
See also: haul

haul/pull yourself up by your bootstraps

to improve your situation by your own efforts without any help from other people My father pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become one of the richest men in the country.
See also: bootstrap, haul, up

haul ass

  (American very informal!)
to move very quickly, especially in order to escape When the shooting started we hauled ass out of there.
See haul up by bootstraps, drag over the coals
See also: ass, haul

a long haul

something that takes a lot of time and energy It's been a long haul but we've finally got the house looking the way we want it. (American)
See also: haul, long

rake over the coals

to talk about unpleasant things from the past that other people would prefer not to talk about (usually in continuous tenses) There's no point in raking over the coals - all that happened twenty years ago, and there's nothing we can do about it now.
See also: coal, rake

call on the carpet

Summon for a scolding or rebuke, as in Suspecting a leak to the press, the governor called his press secretary on the carpet. This term began as on the carpet, which in the early 1700s referred to a cloth (carpet) covering a conference table and therefore came to mean "under consideration or discussion." In 19th-century America, however, carpet meant "floor covering," and the expression, first recorded in 1902, alluded to being called before or reprimanded by a person rich or powerful enough to have a carpet.
See also: call, carpet, on

haul off

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]
See also: haul, off

haul up

1. Come to a halt, stop, as in We hauled up in front of the hotel.
2. Bring someone before a superior or other authority, call someone to account. For example, This was the third time he'd been hauled up before the judge. [Mid-1800s]
See also: haul, up

long haul

1. A considerable distance over which something must travel or be carried. For example, It's a long haul from my house to yours. This usage dates from the late 1800s, as does the antonym, short haul, as in The movers charge just as much for a short haul as for a long one.
2. A considerable length of time, an extended period, as in This investment is one for the long haul. It is often put as over the long haul, as in Over the long haul we needn't worry about production. [c. 1930] Also see in the long run.
See also: haul, long

rake over the coals

Also, haul over the coals. Reprimand severely, as in When Dad finds out about the damage to the car, he's sure to rake Peter over the coals, or The coach hauled him over the coals for missing practice. These terms allude to the medieval torture of pulling a heretic over red-hot coals. [Early 1800s]
See also: coal, rake

short haul

see under long haul.
See also: haul, short

haul off

v. Slang
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.
See also: haul, off

haul up

1. To pull or hoist something up from below: The workers hauled the crates up with a pulley. The mail carrier hauled up the mailbag to the second floor.
2. Slang To come to a halt: We hauled up at their front door.
3. Slang To force someone to appear in a court of law or before some other authority: The prosecutor hauled up the CEO on charges of fraud. They hauled her up on charges that would be difficult to prove. He was hauled up on a larceny charge.
See also: haul, up

bag ass (out of somewhere)

and barrel ass (out of somewhere) and bust ass (out of somewhere) and cut ass (out of somewhere) and drag ass (out of somewhere) and haul ass (out of somewhere) and shag ass (out of somewhere)
tv. to hurry away from some place; to get oneself out of a place in a hurry. (Usually objectionable.) I gotta shag ass, Fred. Catch you later. Let’s haul ass out of here and go get a beer. It’s late, you twits. Time to go. Let’s drag ass!
See also: ass, bag, of, out, somewhere

haul ass out of somewhere

See also: ass, haul, of, out, somewhere

haul ass

See also: ass, haul


1. n. the proceeds from a theft; loot. (Underworld.) The cops thought they must have got a pretty good haul.
2. n. the proceeds from any activity: a performance, a fishing trip, a collection of goods or money for charity, etc. They surveyed the haul of cans and packages and decided they had done a pretty fair job.

haul ass

Vulgar Slang
To move quickly: We'll be late if you don't haul ass.
See also: ass, haul

rake over the coals

To reprimand severely.
See also: coal, rake
References in classic literature ?
As the labor of drawing the net had been very great, he directed one party of his men to commence throwing the fish into piles, preparatory to the usual division, while another, under the superintendence of Benjamin, prepared the seine for a second haul.
Haul up your ship upon the land and pack it closely with stones all round to keep off the power of the winds which blow damply, and draw out the bilge-plug so that the rain of heaven may not rot it.
Then trust in the winds without care, and haul your swift ship down to the sea and put all the freight no board; but make all haste you can to return home again and do not wait till the time of the new wine and autumn rain and oncoming storms with the fierce gales of Notus who accompanies the heavy autumn rain of Zeus and stirs up the sea and makes the deep dangerous.
She began to haul in, hand under hand, rapidly and deftly, the boy encouraging her, until hooks, sinker, and a big gasping rockcod tumbled into the bottom of the boat.
They'll be biting soon as fast as we can haul 'em in," he said.
Bernard Huberman with BLT Enterprises in Oxnard said his company hauls trash from Sacramento residents to a landfill in Reno rather than using the local landfill for a savings of $1 million a year.
But Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said he is confident Waste Management would protect the Antelope Valley environment and local residents if it hauls Los Angeles' trash to its Lancaster landfill.