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Meaning of keelhaul

keel•haul

Pronunciation: (kēl'hôl"), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to haul (an offender) under the bottom of a ship and up on the other side as a punishment.
  2. to rebuke severely.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.