tr.v. box·hauled, box·haul·ing, box·hauls Nautical
To turn (a square-rigged ship) about by bracing the sails aback and putting the helm to leeward until the vessel swings her stern into the wind, then setting the sails again and rounding up onto the opposite tack.
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(Nautical Terms) nautical to bring (a square-rigger) onto a new tack by backwinding the foresails and steering hard round
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Past participle: boxhauled
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