the (old) heave-ho

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the (old) heave-ho

A dismissal or rejection of a person, especially from a place of employment. I can't believe the boss gave me the old heave-ho after five years on the job! A: "Did you hear that Liz broke up with Dan?" B: "Wow, I knew there's be fallout over his infidelity, but I never expected her to give him the 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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You could experience joy after lots of aggravation, despite getting the old heave-ho.
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I bet they'll dry up when he gets the old heave-ho.
From there, it was back to safety of the Sox's sanitary facilities for some more of the old heave-ho.
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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.
The New York Times gave its stand- alone "A Nation Challenged" section the old heave-ho New Year's Eve.
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95 studded blue collar and apply myself to giving him the old heave-ho into the tub, half-filled with TICK OFF-fortified warm water.
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He's constantly shifted out wide and when it doesn't work, then he gets the old heave-ho.