: dismissal
gave him the old heave-ho

Examples of heave-ho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Democrats gave a handful of centrists the heave-ho, Republicans rejected some of their more strident MAGA candidates. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 21 June 2023 The cargo area is big enough for five occupants' luggage, but the high floor means loading heavy bags requires a heave-ho. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History


from heave ho!, interjection used when heaving on a rope

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heave-ho was in 1947

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“Heave-ho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heave-ho. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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