To haul off

(Naut.) to sail closer to the wind, in order to get farther away from anything; hence, to withdraw; to draw back.

See also: Haul

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They lock themselves together and chew each other's jaws for a while; then they roll and tumble on the ground till one loses a horn or a leg and has to haul off for repairs.
But, tellingly, Mourinho refused to haul off his defenders at any point on Sunday.
Mourinho the on night he stand them against But, tellingly, Mourinho refused to haul off his defenders at any point on Sunday Ciaran Kelly
Selvon is interested in girls and staying in shape; Ardan's mind is on his beats and Yusuf is trying to haul off the weight of his dad's death and the radicalism permeating his mosque.
In Davao City, where a firecracker ban had been in place for more than 15 years now, Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has threatened to haul off straight to jail those who will be caught using fireworks.
"I am not going to pay you a dime to haul off a free iron," she said.
RAFA BENITEZ has defended his decision to haul off Fernando Torres in yesterday's draw against Birmingham City.
DARIO GRADI defended his decision to haul off leading scorer Calvin Zola - because it led to Clayton Donaldson's late equaliser.
It seems they see the benefit of not having to haul off the metal themselves.
Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he was about to haul off Wayne Rooney moments before the teenager unleashed his Old Trafford wonder-strike.
Ozon's dispassionate eye renders Marie's condition as creepy as it is irritating: After about a half hour of her batty self-delusion, you want to haul off and slap her.
Benitez stands by his ruthless decision to haul off his best player, saying he will get over it.