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haul off

1. To forcibly remove someone or something from some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "haul" and "off." Yeah, but the police will haul you off if you get caught!
2. To recoil or pull back before taking some action. I can't believe that guy just hauled off and punched you!
3. To do something with little forethought. For the sake of my bank account, I had to stop hauling off and buying new clothes every time I got upset.
4. To relocate. What am I going to do if the company hauls off halfway across the country?
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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]
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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.
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When he demanded a written request the officer flew into a rage, used harsh language against him and had his police squad haul him off like a criminal to his office and then to the SSP office, he said, adding the SSP let him go only after strong protest by his colleagues.
He injured his hip in an aerial challenge and, while he tried to play on, manager Brian McDermott was forced to haul him off.
But the on-loan Aston Villa striker was left fuming by Hughton's decision to haul him off as he searched for a hat-trick with 20 minutes left.
" He created such a scene that we had to haul him off the aircraft." he said.
Millions of TV viewers watched in amazement as he disagreed with Celtic boss Martin O'Neill's decision to haul him off for Liam Miller.
Wiltord's seasonal goal tally is now up to ten, yet Wenger still had the cheek to haul him off for Thierry Henry with half-an-hour to go.
He was booked before his strikes and a fracas with Robson prompted manager Lou Macari to haul him off before ref David Orr could see red.
I'm told: "Joe performed six tracks from the new album but towards the end of his last song a fan clambered on to the stage and tried to haul him off it and into the crowd.
Fabien Barthez pushed the fan away before Ruud van Nistelrooy grabbed hold of the intruder and helped stewards haul him off the pitch.
Nov 17, 2004: A booking for two wild challenges in an England friendly in Spain saw Sven Goran Eriksson haul him off on 42 minutes to avoid a red.