To haul is to move or take something, usually big and heavy, and put it somewhere else. If you've ever moved to a new house, then you know that having to haul all your stuff there can really take the joy out of moving into a new place.

You'll want to reserve haul for situations in which carrying something takes a lot of effort and ain't a lot of fun. You don't haul a sack of feathers, for example. You haul a bag of boulders, or a box of books. Haul is usually a verb, but you can also use it as a noun, when you're talking about lot of something that you caught or won. We went digging for clams—look at our haul! After winning at blackjack, take your haul and hit the road. Don't risk losing it all on roulette.

Definitions of haul

v draw slowly or heavily

haul stones”
haul nets”
cart, drag, hale
bouse, bowse
haul with a tackle
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v transport in a vehicle

haul stones from the quarry in a truck”
haul vegetables to the market”
haul by railroad car
haul truck trailers loaded with commodities on railroad cars
Type of:
carry, transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

n the act of drawing or hauling something

“the haul up the hill went very slowly”
draw, haulage
tow, towage
the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope
Type of:
pull, pulling
the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you

n the quantity that was caught

Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

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