Definition of heave-ho noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌhiːv ˈhəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊ//
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Word Originlate Middle English: from heave! (imperative) + ho (used to draw attention to something seen), originally in nautical use when hauling a rope.Idioms
give somebody the (old) heave-ho
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(informal) to dismiss somebody from their job; to end a relationship with somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heave-ho