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1. Dismissal from one's job or from one's position: was given the heave-ho after five years on the job.
2. Disposal of something unwanted: We gave our old toaster oven the heave-ho.
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(Nautical Terms) a sailors' cry, as when hoisting anchor
informal dismissal, as from employment
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n., pl. -hos. Informal.
an act of rejection, dismissal, or forcible ejection: The bartender gave him the old heave-ho.
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