from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Dismissal from one's job or from one's position.

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  • interjection exclamation used when pulling, especially by sailors while pulling on a rope
  • noun A cry of heave-ho.
  • noun informal A rejection, a forced removal (often in the phrase give/get the (old) heave-ho)
  • verb informal 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).

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  • I think after-school programs should give apple juice the heave-ho for another reason: It's ruining our kids' eating habits.

    Dina R. Rose: Training Toddlers' Taste Buds: Juice vs. Froot Loops

  • Didn't Heavey give the heave-ho to internet journalism?

    Bill Heavey's lady friend

  • 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.

    Arsène Wenger's goalkeeping blindspot is simply bananas

  • 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.

    South Carolina Lt. Gov. asks Sanford to step down

  • I have to say that it kinda hurt my feelings to be given the heave-ho just for telling the dang truth.

    My Navy Daze

  • 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?

    When the Multitude Shouts With One Voice

  • After getting the heave-ho from Gloss, she reaches out to her old friend Robbie Hart for help.

    Over Her Dead Body by Kate White: Book summary

  • 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.

    Rabid Reads: "A Darkness Forged in Fire" by Chris Evans


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