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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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Spanish police said 125 bales of hashish were recovered in last October's raid - the biggest haul off the Balearic island's coastline in 17 years.
As he watched the tow trucks haul off the demolished rental car and the destroyed red car, Toledo couldn't help thinking, that wasn't a life-altering loss he and the Bruins had suffered Saturday, it was simply a defeat.
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Lawyers for Perry Wharrie, 49 - jailed for 30 years over the EUR440million cocaine haul off the Irish coast - sparked a debate in Dublin's High Court over differences between UK and Irish law.
As well, the agency no longer would have to haul off 2,000 dump-truck loads of rock, nor would it need 1,200 truckloads of concrete.
Benitez stands by his ruthless decision to haul off his best player, saying he will get over it.