Origin of yo-heave-ho

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Historical Examples of yo-heave-ho

  • But the next instant we were ready for him, and began to haul in with a will and a "yo-heave-ho!"

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for yo-heave-ho


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