noun Etymology: from heave ho!, interjection used when heaving on a rope Date: 1947 dismissal <
gave him the old heave-ho

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  • heave-ho — ► EXCLAMATION ▪ a cry emitted with an action that requires physical effort. ► NOUN (the heave ho) informal ▪ dismissal …   English terms dictionary

  • heave ho! — An orig sailors call to exertion, as in heaving the anchor • • • Main Entry: ↑heave …   Useful english dictionary

  • heave-ho — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: heave ho : dismissal, rejection used with the and often with old the voters finally got sick of the old guard and gave the mayor the old heave ho at the polls …   Useful english dictionary

  • heave-ho — 1. interjection /ˌhiːvˈhoʊ/ exclamation used when pulling, especially by sailors while pulling on a rope Heave ho! up they hoisted their prize, dripping with moisture, and festooned with verdant water moss. See Also: yo heave ho 2. noun… …   Wiktionary

  • heave-ho — /ˈhiv hoʊ/ (say heev hoh), /hiv ˈhoʊ/ (say heev hoh) phrase the (old) heave ho, 1. dismissal; rejection: *She had been his friend s girl for three years, and married Ambrose when he gave her the heave ho. –david ireland, 1971. 2. the sack: the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • heave-ho — /heev hoh /, n. Informal. an act of rejection, dismissal, or forcible ejection: The bartender gave the noisy drunk the old heave ho. [n. use of phrase heave ho, ME havehou, hevelow] * * * …   Universalium

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