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Meaning of KEELHAUL

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Keel"haul`\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Keelhauled}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Keelhauling}.] [3d keel + haul: cf. LG. & D.
kielhalen, G. kielholen. ] [Written also {keelhale}.] (Naut.)
To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the
yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a
punishment in the Dutch and English navies. --Totten.

 

 

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