heave-ho


heave-ho
\\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ noun (-s)
Etymology: heave ho
: dismissal, rejection — used with the and often with old

the voters finally got sick of the old guard and gave the mayor the old heave-ho at the polls

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/heev"hoh"/, n. Informal.
an act of rejection, dismissal, or forcible ejection: The bartender gave the noisy drunk the old heave-ho.
[n. use of phrase heave ho, ME havehou, hevelow]

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heaveˈ-ho noun (informal)
Dismissal, rejection (see also below)
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Main Entry:heave

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heave-ho UK US noun

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heave-ho «HEEV HOH», noun, verb, -hoed or -ho'd, -ho|ing. Informal.
–n.
Informal. an ejection, rejection, or dismissal: »

insubordinate and peevish types who…give the old heave-ho to visiting American Senators (Harper's).

–v.i.
1. to cry “heave ho!”
2. to pull with great force: »

The women…are constantly hauling and heave-hoing on this packing case of merchandise (Manchester Guardian Weekly).

–v.t.
to pull with great force.

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1.
exclam. a cry emitted when doing in unison actions that take physical effort
2.
n. such an exclamation
the heave-ho expulsion or elimination from an institution, association, or contest

conjecture over who'll get the heave-ho

Origin:
late Middle English: from heave! (imperative) + ho II, originally in nautical use when hauling a rope

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/ˈhiːvˈhoʊ/ noun
the (old) heave-ho
informal : the act of causing someone to leave a job, place, or relationship

The team's coach gave him the heave-ho. [=made him leave the team]

We got the old heave-ho [=we got kicked out; we had to leave] when we couldn't pay the rent on our apartment.

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heave-ho [ˌhiːv ˈhəʊ] [ˈhoʊ] noun singular
Idiom: ↑give somebody the heave-ho  
Word Origin:
[heave-ho] late Middle English: from heave! (imperative) + ho (used to draw attention to something seen), originally in nautical use when hauling a rope.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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