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1 Punish (someone) by dragging them through the water under the keel of a ship, either across the width or from bow to stern.‘if I catch any more on board I'll keelhaul them’
- ‘Once they were out at sea, Grapple was keelhauled every night for a fortnight.’
- ‘Flogging, branding, keelhauling, locking sailors in chains, walking the plank, and hanging were used in this era.’
- ‘The head and body of the keelhauled will constantly smash against the keel.’
- ‘Then, his blue eyes narrowed a bit, ‘And if I hear any rumors to the contrary, I'll keelhaul you and anyone else that has any part of it!!’’
- ‘He might surface, gasp for air and taunting by his pirate comrades and then be keelhauled back underwater.’
- 1.1humorous Punish or reprimand severely.‘anyone who laid a finger on her would be keelhauled’
- ‘Anderson dragged her into his office for a keelhauling and everyone went back to regular blowing.’
- ‘But a forward-looking, problem-solving investigation needs to foster a climate in which officials can be self-critical without undue fear of being prosecuted or keelhauled.’
- ‘The writers and the director deserve to keelhauled because of how they deal with villains.’
- ‘Writers who send in poor photographs are keelhauled.’
- ‘Just remember that if your only fund is an index fund, a bear market will keelhaul your savings.’
- ‘Coleridge's text may have been keelhauled, but the show still charts a course through it.’
Mid 17th century: from Dutch kielhalen.
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