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heave into sight

To move or rise into view, especially from a distance. We'd been walking for hours in the barren desert when finally a small town heaved into sight.
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heave in(to) sight

Fig. to move into sight in the distance. As the fog cleared, a huge ship heaved into sight. After many days of sailing, land finally heaved in sight.
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heave into sight

Rise or seem to rise into view. For example, We waited and waited, and finally the rest of our party heaved into sight. This expression was at first used for ships rising over the horizon. [Late 1700s]
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heave in sight (or into view)

come into view. informal
Heave meaning ‘rise up, as on the swell of a wave’ occurs in several nautical expressions; here the allusion is to the way that objects appear to rise up over the horizon at sea. The past form of heave in this sense is hove , but because most English-speakers are completely unfamiliar with the verb in its literal usage, hove is often used as a present form (and a new past form, hoved , is created from it).
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