from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Dismissal from one's job or from one's position: got the heave-ho in a very unceremonious manner; gave the employee the old heave-ho.
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- interj. exclamation used when pulling, especially by sailors while pulling on a rope
- n. A cry of heave-ho.
- n. A rejection, a forced removal (often in the phrase give/get the (old) heave-ho)
- v. to pull forcefully
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I have been banned by Kate McMillan (for the crime of quoting some of her commenters), warned off by Mick Hartley (for defending Terry Eagleton too vigorously), and given a prompt heave-ho by Terry Glavin (who brooks no dissent of any kind at his place, as others will attest).
I think after-school programs should give apple juice the heave-ho for another reason: It's ruining our kids' eating habits.
Didn't Heavey give the heave-ho to internet journalism?
Sadly, after the Italian had proved his worth by winning a man of the match award and shipping 11 goals in four matches, he was given the heave-ho.
Seventy of them to get the heave-ho by next April, from a total of 500, with more falling to the axe in the following months, halving staff numbers by 2013.
August 26th, 2009 3: 44 pm ET outrageous behavior got the congressman with the cash in the freezer the heave-ho, this is so much worse somehow.
I have to say that it kinda hurt my feelings to be given the heave-ho just for telling the dang truth.
He wasn't so much endorsing zoophilia as suggesting that, if the last remains of sexual morality can be abandoned, why can't capitalism get the heave-ho too?
After getting the heave-ho from Gloss, she reaches out to her old friend Robbie Hart for help.
He got the heave-ho after killing their Viceroy, a dastardly individual who had secretly betrayed his people to the Shadow Monarch, this universe's Mordor, to the uninitiated among us -- remember, the LOTR movies are my only frame of reference for this type of story.
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