old heave-ho

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!"

*old heave-ho

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.
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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.
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You could experience joy after lots of aggravation, despite getting the old heave-ho.
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AFCU argues that the bankers played dirty by waiting until they would have no (presumably lower-priced) competition before giving the credit union the old heave-ho.
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Last week he kicked Michelle into touch (albeit temporarily - providing she'll have him back again) in an attempt to make Tracy give Ryan the old heave-ho.
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I bet they'll dry up when he gets the old heave-ho.
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IT would be ironic if former rugby star Kenny Logan were to get the old heave-ho on World Cup weekend but the bookies reckon he's the most likely candidate for the chop in Strictly Come Dancing's third elimination today and tomorrow, writes Jeremy Chapman.
From there, it was back to safety of the Sox's sanitary facilities for some more of the old heave-ho.
The whole storyline, from their getting together, his resignation and her family fallout, is completely ludicrous and I for one can't wait until scriptwriters decide it's time for the doc to give her the old heave-ho.
The New York Times gave its stand- alone "A Nation Challenged" section the old heave-ho New Year's Eve.
And he illustrated the point perfectly with two goals in the space of three minutes to give Crystal Palace the old heave-ho in their big holiday derby.
95 studded blue collar and apply myself to giving him the old heave-ho into the tub, half-filled with TICK OFF-fortified warm water.