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[heev-hoh] /ˈhivˈhoʊ/
noun, Informal.
an act of rejection, dismissal, or forcible ejection:
The bartender gave the noisy drunk the old heave-ho.
Origin of heave-ho
noun use of phrase heave ho, Middle English havehou, hevelow Unabridged
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  • Names like Rummiley come from the old cry of sailors, Rummylow, which they used as sailors use "heave-ho" now.

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
  • The deep-toned chorus of the sailor, the creaking of the capstan, and the clanking of the iron cogs; the “heave-ho!”

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for heave-ho


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a sailors' cry, as when hoisting anchor
(informal) dismissal, as from employment
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