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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From the brochure of a Tokyo car rental firm: "When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn.