Definition of heave-ho in English:


Syllabification: heave-ho
Pronunciation: /ˈhēv ˌhō


  • A cry emitted when doing actions in unison that take physical effort.


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  • (the heave-ho) Expulsion or elimination from a job, institution, or contest: conjecture over who’ll get the heave-ho
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    • Give pretzels the heave-ho but don't dismiss whole-grain breads.
    • Therefore, attrition rates at IT companies should also differentiate between those who are leaving voluntarily for greener pastures and those who have been given the heave-ho.
    • After her high school sweetheart gives her the heave-ho, she pins her dreams of seeing the world on becoming a flight attendant.


late Middle English: from heave! (imperative) + ho2, originally in nautical use when hauling a rope.

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