Informal dismissal, as from a position: chiefly in the phrase give (or get) the (old) heave-ho
Origin of heave-hosee the phrase heave ho! in heave
Used as a command to sailors to pull hard on a rope or cable.
- Dismissal from one's job or from one's position: was given the heave-ho after five years on the job.
- Disposal of something unwanted: We gave our old toaster oven the heave-ho.
(plural heave-hoes or heave-hos)