hale 2 (hāl)
tr.v. haled, hal·ing, hales
1. To compel to go: "In short order the human rights campaign was haled before a high court of indignation" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
2. Archaic To pull, draw, drag, or hoist.
[Middle English halen, to pull, drag, from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; see kelə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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