give (one) the heave-ho

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give (one) the heave-ho

To dismiss or reject one. "Heave-ho" refers to the literal lifting and tossing of an object; in this sense, it is used metaphorically. I can't believe the boss gave me the heave-ho after five years on the job! A: "Did you hear that Liz broke up with Dan?" B: "Wow, I never expected her to give him the heave-ho!"
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give something/someone the heave-ho

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give something/someone the old heave-ho

INFORMAL
If you give something or someone the heave-ho or the old heave-ho, you get rid of them. The band members decided to give their drummer the heave-ho. Harry gave his girlfriend the old heave-ho and moved in with the Texan. Note: You can also say that someone or something gets the heave-ho or gets the old heave-ho. There was a 40 per cent drop in film production, with a lot of high profile projects getting the heave-ho.
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give (or get) the heave-ho

expel (or be expelled) from an institution, association, or contest. informal
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give somebody the (old) heave-ˈho

(informal) dismiss somebody from their job; end a relationship with somebody: ‘Are Julie and Mike still together?’ ‘Oh no, she gave him the old heave-ho a couple of months ago.’ Heave-ho was originally the cry of sailors when pulling up the anchor.
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Red, white and very blue, it gives the heave-ho to gung-ho US policies.
Then runner Michael Johnson gives the heave-ho to a pair of his favorite spikes, launching them into the Olympic Stadium crowd, where the famous footwear ends up in the hands of fans Gordon McConnell, above left, and Brad Simmon.