Results 1 to 5 of 5

    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 1,159
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    She gave him the heave-ho.

    Hello.

    She broke up with him.

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

    Thank you.


    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 2,036
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    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".


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,448
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: She gave him the heave-ho.

    If you are writing colloquially, yes.


    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 2,890
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    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'.

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 17,845
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    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.

Similar Threads

  1. When I gave a mark I had a hangover.
    By flytothesky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-Feb-2009, 15:35
  2. my ex-coworkers gave me as a faire well gift
    By flytothesky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Jan-2009, 14:30
  3. pay little heave
    By Archie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-Mar-2008, 12:36
  4. She gave me one of her looks
    By Progress in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-May-2007, 12:52
  5. gave / has given
    By kohyoongliat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Feb-2007, 09:51

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •