Definition of KEELHAUL

to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings <there's no need to keelhaul him—it was an honest mistake, and a small one at that>
Near Antonyms approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; extol (also extoll), laud, praise

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