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heave-ho

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Pronunciation: /hiːvˈhəʊ
 
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Definition of heave-ho in English:

exclamation

A cry emitted when doing actions that take physical effort.

noun

(the heave-ho) informal Back to top  
Dismissal or elimination from a job, institution, or contest: conjecture over who’ll get the heave-ho
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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