[ yoh-heev-hoh ]

  1. (a chant formerly shouted by sailors to maintain a steady rhythm when hauling something together.)

Origin of yo-heave-ho

First recorded in 1795–1805

Words Nearby yo-heave-ho

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How to use yo-heave-ho in a sentence

  • The men did “hold on” most powerfully; they did more, they hauled upon the rope, hand over hand, to a “yo-heave-ho!”

  • "nautical," however, the lack of the "yo-heave-ho" touch in the Yankee sailor-man is by no means in his disfavour.

    Stories of the Ships | Lewis R. Freeman
  • But the next instant we were ready for him, and began to haul in with a will and a "yo-heave-ho!"

British Dictionary definitions for yo-heave-ho


/ (ˌjəʊhiːvˈhəʊ) /

  1. a cry formerly used by sailors while pulling or lifting together in rhythm

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