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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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