To Hale. v.a. [halen, Dutch; haler, French.] To drag by force; to pull violently.
Fly to your house;
The plebians have got your fellow tribune,
And hale him up and down. Shakesp. Coriolanus.
My third comfort,
Starr'd most unluckily, is from my breast
Hal'd out to murder. Shakespeare's Winter's Tale.
Give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him, lest he hale thee to the judge. Lu. xii. 58.
He by the neck hath hal'd, in pieces cut,
And set me as a mark on every butt. Sandys.
Thither by harpy-footed furies hal'd,
At certain revolutions, all the damn'd
Are brought. Milton's Paradise Lost, b. ii.
This sinistrous gravity is drawn that way by the great artery, which then subsideth, and haleth the heart unto it. Brown.
Who would not be disgusted with any recreation, in itself indifferent, if he should with blows be haled to it when he had no mind? Locke.
In all the tumults at Rome, though the people proceeded sometimes to pull and hale one another about, yet no blood was drawn 'till the time of the Gracchi. Swift.