give (one) the (old) heave-ho

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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!"
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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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Rob spends his time compiling top five lists and mocking his musically ignorant customers with his colleagues, but begins to track down his old flames to see why their relationships failed, after his latest girlfriend gives him the heave-ho.