hail vs hale :

hail or hale

One old meaning of the word “hale” is “to drag,” especially by force. In modern usage it has been replaced with “haul” except in the standard phrase “hale into court.” People who can’t make sense of this form often misspell the phrase as “hail into court.” To be hailed is to be greeted enthusiastically, with praise. People haled into court normally go reluctantly, not expecting any such warm reception.

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  • n  precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
  • n  many objects thrown forcefully through the air
    a hail of pebbles
    a hail of bullets
  • n  enthusiastic greeting
  • v  praise vociferously
    The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein
  • v  be a native of
    She hails from Kalamazoo
  • v  call for
    hail a cab
  • v  greet enthusiastically or joyfully
  • v  precipitate as small ice particles
    It hailed for an hour

  • n  a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776)
  • n  United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)
  • n  prolific United States writer (1822-1909)
  • v  to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
  • v  draw slowly or heavily
  • s  exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
    hale and hearty
News & Articles

  • Hail, rain, strong wind in eastern Colorado
    A storm has brought hail, heavy rain and strong winds to parts of eastern Colorado, with fire officials in La Junta (lah-HUN'-tah) reporting damage to an airport hangar and downed power poles.
    June 18, 2013 - KGWN-TV Cheyenne
  • Hail pummels Mount Rushmore, Rapid City
    The famous faces at Mount Rushmore National Memorial got hit by 2-inch diameter hail on Monday afternoon, but it was 10 minutes of smaller hail that pummeled flowerbeds around Rapid City.
    June 18, 2013 - Rapid City Journal
  • Hail, downed trees reported in parts of Mid-Mich.
    Golf ball-sized hail, downed trees -- and a funnel cloud -- were reported in Saginaw County following a severe thunderstorm moved through Monday afternoon -- see photos from today's storm here .
    June 17, 2013 - WNEM TV 5 Mid-Michigan

  • Lucy Hale Opens Up About New Boyfriend Graham Rogers!
    Lucy Hale is gushing about her new love Graham Rogers! “He is such a sweetheart,” the 24-year-old Pretty Little Liars star recently told Us Weekly of her 22-year-old Revolution actor boyfriend. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Lucy Hale Lucy added, “We are having a good time. We started out as friends. He is [...]
    June 26, 2013 - Just Jared Jr.
  • Lucy Hale Confirms She's Dating Actor Graham Rogers!
    Getty Images Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is off the market! The actress confirmed she's dating Revolution actor Graham Rogers . "He is such a sweetheart," she said at an event Monday (via Us Weekly ). "We are having a good time." "We started out as friends," she explained. "He is a good guy. And I am past the bad-boy stage." The actress previously dated Chris Zylka and former Wizards of ...
    June 26, 2013 - Zimbio
  • Lucy Hale Dating Graham Rogers!
    Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is dating Revolution star Graham Rogers. Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images; Kevin Winter/Getty Images
    June 26, 2013 - US Weekly