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heave-ho

[heev-hoh]
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noun Informal.
  1. an act of rejection, dismissal, or forcible ejection: The bartender gave the noisy drunk the old heave-ho.
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Origin of heave-ho

noun use of phrase heave ho, Middle English havehou, hevelow
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  • Names like Rummiley come from the old cry of sailors, Rummylow, which they used as sailors use "Heave-ho" now.

  • 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

heave-ho

sentence substitute
  1. a sailors' cry, as when hoisting anchor
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noun
  1. informal dismissal, as from employment
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