the (old) heave-ho

noun phrase

: 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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