give someone the heave-ho

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give somebody the heave-ho ‎(third-person singular simple present gives somebody the heave-ho, present participle giving somebody the heave-ho, simple past gave somebody the heave-ho, past participle given somebody the heave-ho)

  1. (idiomatic, Britain) to fire, expel or break up with someone.
    I'm looking for work again because they gave me the heave-ho.