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get the old heave-ho
To be dismissed or rejected. "Heave-ho" refers to the literal lifting and tossing of an object; in this sense, it is used metaphorically. I can't believe I got 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 him to get 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!"
heave (something) at (someone or something)
To throw something, often something heavy, in the direction of someone or something else. Stu was so angry that he heaved a pan at his sous-chef. I heaved an encyclopedia at the cluster of crickets so they would get out of my way.
heave a sigh of relief
To experience an intense feeling of happiness or relief because something particularly stressful, unpleasant, or undesirable has been avoided or completed. Everyone in class heaved a sigh of relief after that horrible midterm exam was over. Investors in Europe are heaving a big sigh of relief now that a Greek exit from the Euro has been avoided.
1. A sailor's cry to pull hard on a rope. We need to raise anchor, heave ho!
2. An abrupt dismissal or termination, often used in the phrase, "give (one) the (old) heave ho." 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."
3. The disposal of something unimportant or unwanted. Give that printer the old heave ho, it doesn't work anymore. Ugh, this cereal is stale now—I'm giving it the heave ho!
heave in sight
To move or rise in view, especially from a distance. We had been walking for hours in the barren desert when finally a small town heaved in sight. The governor's mansion heaved in sight as we drove up the road.
heave in view
To move or rise in view, especially from a distance. We were all very relieved to see the shoreline finally heave in view.
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.
heave into view
To move or rise into sight, especially from a distance. We'd been walking for hours in the barren desert when a small town finally heaved into view.
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!
1. To pick something up, usually when doing so is difficult or taxing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "heave" and "up." Can you guys heave up this big box for me?
2. To vomit. A noun or pronoun can be used between "heave" and "up." I've been so sick that I feel like I've heaved up everything I've ever eaten.
the (old) heave-ho
A dismissal or rejection of a person, especially from a place of employment. 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 knew there's be fallout over his infidelity, but I never expected her to give him the heave-ho!"
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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.
heave something at someone or something
to throw something at someone or something. Fred heaved a huge snowball at Roger. The thug heaved the rock at the window and broke it to pieces.
heave something up
1. Lit. to lift something up. With a lot of effort, they heaved the heavy lid up. The workers heaved up the huge boulder.
2. Fig. to vomit something up. The dog heaved most of the cake up on the kitchen floor. It heaved up the cake it had eaten.
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.
the act of throwing someone out; the act of firing someone. (From nautical use, where sailors used heave-ho to coordinate hard physical labor. One sailor called "Heave-ho," and all the sailors would pull at the same time on the ho. *Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) I wanted to complain to the management, but they called a security guard and I got the old heave-ho. That's right. They threw me out! They fired a number of people today, but I didn't get the heave-ho.
See also: old
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
get the ax
Also, get the boot or bounce or can or heave-ho or hook or sack . Be discharged or fired, expelled, or rejected. For example, He got the ax at the end of the first week, or The manager was stunned when he got the boot himself, or We got the bounce in the first quarter, or The pitcher got the hook after one inning, or Bill finally gave his brother-in-law the sack. All but the last of these slangy expressions date from the 1870s and 1880s. They all have variations using give that mean "to fire or expel someone," as in Are they giving Ruth the ax?Get the ax alludes to the executioner's ax, and get the boot to literally booting or kicking someone out. Get the bounce alludes to being bounced out; get the can comes from the verb can, "to dismiss," perhaps alluding to being sealed in a container; get the heave-ho alludes to heave in the sense of lifting someone bodily, and get the hook is an allusion to a fishing hook. Get the sack, first recorded in 1825, probably came from French though it existed in Middle Dutch. The reference here is to a workman's sac ("bag") in which he carried his tools and which was given back to him when he was fired. Also see give someone the air.
give someone the air
Also, give someone the brush off or the gate or the old heave-ho . Break off relations with someone, oust someone, snub or jilt someone, especially a lover. For example, John was really upset when Mary gave him the air, or His old friends gave him the brush off, or Mary cried and cried when he gave her the gate, or The company gave him the old heave-ho after only a month. In the first expression, which dates from about 1920, giving air presumably alludes to being blown out. The second, from the first half of the 1900s, alludes to brushing away dust or lint. The third, from about 1900, uses gate in the sense of "an exit." The fourth alludes to the act of heaving a person out, and is sometimes used to mean "to fire someone from a job" (see get the ax). All these are colloquialisms, and all have variations using get, get the air (etc.), meaning "to be snubbed or told to leave," as in After he got the brush off, he didn't know what to do.
heave-ho, give the
heave into sight
Rise or seem to rise into view. For example, We waited and waited, and finally the rest of our party heaved into sight. This expression was at first used for ships rising over the horizon. [Late 1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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).
give (or get) the heave-hoexpel (or be expelled) from an institution, association, or contest. informal
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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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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.
1. To raise or lift something up, especially with great effort or force: The campers heaved up the flag. The tow truck heaved our car up.
2. To vomit: I heaved up my dinner. The turbulent waves caused the people on the ship to heave their lunch up.
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get the axverb
See get the sack
in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. He heaved and heaved and sounded like he was dying.
old heave-ho(ˈold ˈhivˈho)
n. a dismissal; a physical removal of someone from a place. I thought my job was secure, but today I got the old heave-ho.
See also: old
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
To rise or seem to rise over the horizon into view, as a ship.
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sigh of relief, (heave) a
Whew; an expulsion of breath indicating that one is out of a tight spot. Sighing with longing, pain, grief, and numerous similar emotions is common in the English language—especially in poetry—from the earliest days. The word “sigh” comes from Middle English and Old English words meaning exactly the same thing (to expel breath). Heaving a sigh to express intense emotion, especially amatory longing or grief, was current from about 1700 on.
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