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yo-heave-ho

[yoh-heev-hoh]
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interjection
  1. (a chant formerly shouted by sailors to maintain a steady rhythm when hauling something together.)
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Origin of yo-heave-ho

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Historical Examples

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

    Barney Blake, The Boy Privateer

    Herrick Johnstone

  • 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

yo-heave-ho

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