Sorry to be picky, but my nautical background insists...
Careening is the process of heaving a ship down on one side to expose
the other for the purpose of cleaning the bottom of weeds or
barnacles, or for repair. (Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea)
Keel hauling was a punishment in which the delinquent was hoisted to
a yardarm, dropped into the sea, hauled under the keel by a rope, and
then hoisted up to the opposite yardarm; the whole process might be
repeated after the victim got his breath back (provided he still had
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On 09/04/2008, at 5:39 PM, Pia wrote: > My English/Danish dictionary agrees with you both - although careen > is said > to be 'moving from side to tide in a fast disorderly manner' and that > nautically it means to keel haul. > >