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  1. An exclamation used when pulling, especially by sailors while pulling on a rope.
    • 1837, Nathaniel Hawthorne, “A Bell's Biography”, in The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales:
      Heave ho! up they hoisted their prize, dripping with moisture, and festooned with verdant water-moss.
    Synonym: yeave-ho

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heave-ho (plural heave-hoes or heave-hos)

  1. A cry of heave-ho.
  2. (informal) A rejection; a forced removal.
    • 2002 August 8, Days of our Lives:
      Why would you think I'm still seeing Colin Murphy? I gave him the heave-ho, remember?

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heave-ho (third-person singular simple present heave-hoes, present participle heave-hoing, simple past and past participle heave-hoed)

  1. (informal) To pull forcefully.
    • 1840, Richard Henry Dana, Two Years Before the Mast:
      They were heave-ho-ing, stopping and unstopping, pawling, catting, and fishing, for three hours;
    Synonym: yeave-ho