To veer and haul

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To veer and haul (Naut) to pull tight and slacken alternately.
    • To veer and haul (Naut) to vary the course or direction; -- said of the wind, which veers aft and hauls forward. The wind is also said to veer when it shifts with the sun.
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Usage

In literature:

At nine veered the boat in, lashed the oars to the hatches, and made a stage to haul up the seal.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
The wind is said to veer and haul when it alters its direction; thus it is said, to veer aft, and haul forward.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He had the bow chain veered out and the tugs all set to work, assisted by the tide, to haul the ship up the river.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel
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