• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heave-shoulder the shoulder of an animal elevated in sacrifice
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hebban, pa.t. hóf, pa.p. hafen; Ger. heben.


In literature:

Then you put your shoulder under this corner and heave, and over she goes.
"Devon Boys" by George Manville Fenn
Suddenly the great horns came down with a vindictive sweep, the shoulders heaved in the first impulse of the coming charge.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
He laid a gentle hand on her heaving shoulders.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
She spoke not, nor moved; but her shoulders shook with a convulsive heaving.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross
The last heave of the tide came up to Beth's shoulder, and took her breath away.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
With a heave of his shoulders he pulled another man up.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
His back remained turned, but his shoulders heaved.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Presently her shoulders began to heave, and, taking her handkerchief from her pocket, she pressed it to her eyes.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
But her shoulders were heaving spasmodically.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
His stooped shoulders, in their poor, thread-bare covering, heaved convulsively.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith

In poetry:

A glimmering shoulder under gloom
Of cavern pillars; on the swell
The silver lily heaved and fell;
And many a slope was rich in bloom
"To Edward Lear: on His Travels in Greece" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
A MOURNFUL sigh the lorn receiver heaved,
His aching shoulders rubbed, and sobbed and grieved;
A thousand years, cried he, 'tis long indeed!
My very soul with horror seems to bleed.
"Feronde" by Jean de La Fontaine
And now they look'd to Heav'n, and smil'd,
Three paly lamps descended!
And now their shoulders seem'd to bear
Expanding pinions broad and fair,
And now they wav'd in viewless air!
And so, the Vision ended.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson