give something/someone the heave-ho(redirected from give something/someone the old heave-ho)
give (one) the (old) heave-ho
To dismiss or reject one. "Heave-ho" refers to the literal lifting and tossing of an object, used figuratively in this sense. 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 never expected her to give him the heave-ho!"
See also: give
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give something/someone the heave-hoor
give something/someone the old heave-hoINFORMAL
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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