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Related to heave to: heave ho
To turn a ship into the wind so as to stop forward motion. In this usage, the past tense of "heave" is "hove." We need to heave to with those nasty storm clouds on the horizon!
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to stop a sailing ship by facing it directly into the wind. The captain gave the order to heave to. The ship hove to and everyone had a swim.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To steer a sailing ship directly into the wind so that it stops sailing, especially in order to face a storm or to make repairs: We hove to so that we could change the torn sail.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.