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    Daruma is offline Senior Member
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    Default She gave him the heave-ho.

    Hello.

    She broke up with him.

    Can I say She gave him the heave-ho instead?

    Thank you.

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    Smile Re: She gave him the heave-ho.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    She broke up with him.

    Can I say She gave him the heave-ho instead?

    Thank you.
    You can, but this makes it sound like she really wanted to put a great distance between her and him. It sounds like a stronger statement of rejection than simply saying "she broke up with him".

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    Default Re: She gave him the heave-ho.

    If you are writing colloquially, yes.

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    Default Re: She gave him the heave-ho.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    She broke up with him.

    Can I say She gave him the heave-ho instead?

    Thank you.
    Or you can say 'she gave him the elbow', 'gave him the push'.

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    Default Re: She gave him the heave-ho.

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Or you can say 'she gave him the elbow', 'gave him the push'.
    Just a note: These would not be American expressions.
    Another casual one: She dumped him.

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