from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Nautical To discipline by dragging under the keel of a ship.
- transitive v. To rebuke harshly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. (nautical) To punish by dragging under the keel of a ship.
- v. To rebuke harshly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To haul under the keel of a ship, by ropes attached to the yardarms on each side. It was formerly practiced as a punishment in the Dutch and English navies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To haul under the keel of a ship.
- Figuratively, to reprimand severely; haul over the coals. Also keelrake.
Alteration (influenced by keel1 and haul) of Dutch kielhalen : kiel, keel of a ship (from Middle Dutch) + halen, to haul (from Middle Dutch).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)