old heave-ho

*old heave-ho

the act of throwing someone out; the act of firing someone. (From nautical use, where sailors used heave-ho to coordinate hard physical labor. One sailor called "Heave-ho," and all the sailors would pull at the same time on the ho. *Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) I wanted to complain to the management, but they called a security guard and I got the old heave-ho. That's right. They threw me out! They fired a number of people today, but I didn't get the heave-ho.
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old heave-ho

(ˈold ˈhivˈho)
n. a dismissal; a physical removal of someone from a place. I thought my job was secure, but today I got the old heave-ho.
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After Sam Burgess turned his back on the code to return to league, England head coach Stuart Lancaster was given the old heave-ho mere days later.
AFCU argues that the bankers played dirty by waiting until they would have no (presumably lower-priced) competition before giving the credit union the old heave-ho.
IT was no surprise to see Martin Jol given the old heave-ho by Fulham.
In November, after a 4-3 defeat to Wimbledon in front of 6,221 at Selhurst Park, Atkinson got the old heave-ho.
Last week he kicked Michelle into touch (albeit temporarily - providing she'll have him back again) in an attempt to make Tracy give Ryan the old heave-ho.
He gives all notions about slippers and armchairs the old heave-ho as he puts on running shoes, or gets in the saddle or the pool for a punishing training schedule.
I bet they'll dry up when he gets the old heave-ho.
Actually enjoy your self this gear by giving all that pressure to have the season of your dreams the old heave-ho ho ho.
IT would be ironic if former rugby star Kenny Logan were to get the old heave-ho on World Cup weekend but the bookies reckon he's the most likely candidate for the chop in Strictly Come Dancing's third elimination today and tomorrow, writes Jeremy Chapman.
From there, it was back to safety of the Sox's sanitary facilities for some more of the old heave-ho.
Tomorrow there's an Open Quoits tournament and a Thricey Sunflower Competition, plus the bar "penny pile" will get the old heave-ho for charity.
Once dad hands over his holdings, they give him the old heave-ho.
The whole storyline, from their getting together, his resignation and her family fallout, is completely ludicrous and I for one can't wait until scriptwriters decide it's time for the doc to give her the old heave-ho.
And he illustrated the point perfectly with two goals in the space of three minutes to give Crystal Palace the old heave-ho in their big holiday derby.
Meanwhile, DaimlerChrysler is giving the old heave-ho to one of its icons, the sexy, but slow-selling Plymouth Prowler hot rod.