heave in sight

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 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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References in classic literature ?
But when they were passed by all the coast of Peloponnesus, then, towards Crisa, that vast gulf began to heave in sight which through all its length cuts off the rich isle of Pelops.
From the brochure of a Tokyo car rental firm: "When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn.