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  1. exclamation used when pulling, especially by sailors while pulling on a rope
    • 1837, Nathaniel Hawthorne, "A Bell's Biography", The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales
      Heave ho! up they hoisted their prize, dripping with moisture, and festooned with verdant water-moss.

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heave-ho (plural heave-hoes or heave-hos)

  1. A cry of heave-ho.
    He gives the wrestler the old heave-ho, but he's got not enough heave and too much ho!
  2. (informal) A rejection, a forced removal (often in the phrase give/get the (old) heave-ho)
    • 2002, Days of our Lives (TV, August 8)
      Why would you think I'm still seeing Colin Murphy? I gave him the heave-ho, remember?


heave-ho (third-person singular simple present heave-hoes, present participle heave-hoing, simple past and past participle heave-hoed)

  1. (informal) to pull forcefully
    • 1840, Richard Henry Dana, Two Years Before the Mast
      They were heave-ho-ing, stopping and unstopping, pawling, catting, and fishing, for three hours;

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