Definition of close-hauled in English:

close-hauled

Pronunciation /klōsˈhôld/ /kloʊsˈhɔld/

adjective

Sailing
  • (of a ship) having the sails hauled aft to sail close to the wind.

    ‘the third race proved the most exciting with three sailors taking a close-hauled course to the mark’
    • ‘any boat sailing close-hauled has the right of way over a boat sailing free’