Definition of 'heave'
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The arc lights stopped me seeing anything other than a shapeless, heaving mass. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A surprising proportion of freshers will heave a sigh of relief. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You could almost hear the plants, and the soil, collectively heaving a sigh of relief. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The parks were heaving with people for a good reason. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The country heaved a sigh of relief. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The traffic can be annoying and the place is heaving with tourists in the summer. Times, Sunday Times (2009)One final heave and the sled was free. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But it is still heaving with people. Times, Sunday Times (2014)She woke up on the morning after the night before and heaved a huge sigh of relief. Times, Sunday Times (2014)And his chest was visibly heaving as he fought against the physical punishment and exertion. The Sun (2014)But the atmosphere was unbelievable and the place was really heaving. The Sun (2011)All of them heave a hearty sigh of relief. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was a place surrounded by mobs of heaving rags, rolling eyes and angry mouths. THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memoir of Love and War (2003)Was this a heaving, delightful mass of humanity. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Yet only a couple of weeks ago, the place was heaving. The Sun (2009)I saw her chest was heaving up and down in an angry way. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)On one hot day last week, before the rain came, his stomach heaved. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Three miles offshore the mountains heave into view, stark and forbidding, reaching up to forested heights. IN FORKBEARD'S WAKE: Coasting Round Scandinavia (2003)The PM is repeating the same final heave that got him into No10 five years ago. The Sun (2015)I cracked my knuckles, ready to begin the day, caught a whiff of the soup and felt my stomach heave. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translations for 'heave'
British English: heave VERB
If you heave something heavy or difficult to move somewhere, you push, pull, or lift it using a lot of effort.
It took five strong men to heave the statue up a ramp and lower it into place.
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