Meaning of yo-heave-ho in English:

yo-heave-ho

exclamation

  • A refrain in chants traditionally uttered by sailors when hauling ropes or performing other strenuous, repetitive tasks.

    • ‘Their unique and facetious yo-heave-ho was so attractive.’
    • ‘A Chinese writer said the yo-heave-ho of those vendors is a language art.’
    • ‘They will apply themselves to the job with a hearty yo-heave-ho.’

noun

  • A cry or exclamation of ‘yo-heave-ho’.

Pronunciation

yo-heave-ho

/jəʊhiːvˈhəʊ/