heaven

[ hev-uh n ]
/ ˈhɛv ən /

noun

interjection

heavens, (used to express emphasis, surprise, etc.): For heaven's sake! Good heavens!

Idioms

    move heaven and earth, to do one's utmost to effect an end; make a supreme effort: She promised to move heaven and earth to be there for our wedding anniversary.

Origin of heaven

before 900; Middle English heven, Old English heofon; cognate with Middle Low German heven; akin to Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, German Himmel

Related forms

heav·en·less, adjectiveun·der·heav·en, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for move heaven and earth

heaven

/ (ˈhɛvən) /

noun

Word Origin for heaven

Old English heofon; related to Old Saxon heban
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Culture definitions for move heaven and earth

heaven


The dwelling place of God, the angels, and the souls of those who have gained salvation (see also salvation); a place of the greatest peace and beauty. (Compare hell.)

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Idioms and Phrases with move heaven and earth (1 of 2)

move heaven and earth


Exert the utmost effort, as in I'd move heaven and earth to get an apartment here. This hyperbolic expression was first recorded in 1792.

Idioms and Phrases with move heaven and earth (2 of 2)

heaven


In addition to the idioms beginning with heaven

  • heaven knows
  • heavenly days

also see:

  • for one's (heaven's) sake
  • god (heaven) forbid
  • god (heaven) knows
  • in seventh heaven
  • in the name of (heaven)
  • manna from heaven
  • move heaven and earth
  • pennies from heaven
  • seventh heaven
  • stink to high heaven
  • thank god (heaven)
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