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for To heave at
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Heave \Heave\ (h[=e]v), v. i.
1. To be thrown up or raised; to rise upward, as a tower or
And the huge columns heave into the sky. --Pope.
Where heaves the turf in many a moldering heap.
The heaving sods of Bunker Hill. --E. Everett.
2. To rise and fall with alternate motions, as the lungs in
heavy breathing, as waves in a heavy sea, as ships on the
billows, as the earth when broken up by frost, etc.; to
swell; to dilate; to expand; to distend; hence, to labor;
Frequent for breath his panting bosom heaves.
The heaving plain of ocean. --Byron.
3. To make an effort to raise, throw, or move anything; to
strain to do something difficult.
The Church of England had struggled and heaved at a
reformation ever since Wyclif's days. --Atterbury.
4. To make an effort to vomit; to retch; to vomit.
To heave at.
(a) To make an effort at.
(b) To attack, to oppose. [Obs.] --Fuller.
To heave in sight (as a ship at sea), to come in sight; to
To heave up, to vomit. [Low]
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