the (old) heave-ho

noun phrase

Definition of 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 for missing practices. We got the old heave-ho when we couldn't pay the rent on our apartment.

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“The (old) heave-ho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20%28old%29%20heave-ho. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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