One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A call used to greet someone or draw attention to something from a distance.‘ahoy there!’‘land ahoy!’
- ‘The ref blows for full time - golden goal or penalties ahoy!’
- ‘It will be ship ahoy for the brave mum-of-two Marie next Tuesday as she takes up the Cabin Fever challenge on board a 90 ft Schooner ship.’
- ‘We didn't know what it was going to be like when we started, but as we got into it, more and more people, all the emails I get now instead of hi Peter, it's ahoy!’
- ‘Christmas ahoy: Christmas parties are the next big thing in the pipeline in the area.’
- ‘I mean, this was a man who greeted somebody travelling in a land-based vehicle with the words ‘Well ahoy there.’’
Mid 18th century: from ah + hoy.
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