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!’‘ship ahoy!’
- ‘I mean, this was a man who greeted somebody travelling in a land-based vehicle with the words ‘Well ahoy there.’’
- ‘The ref blows for full time - golden goal or penalties ahoy!’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Christmas ahoy: Christmas parties are the next big thing in the pipeline in the area.’
An exclamation announcing the sighting of land from a ship.
- ‘From high above the voice of a man hollered, ‘Land ahoy!’’
- ‘Tempted by the memories of too many pirate movies as a kid, I shout, only a little maliciously, ‘Land ahoy!’’
- ‘Jimmy the lookout boy called Land ahoy!’
- ‘I am woken from my dreams as the lookout guards shout Land Ahoy! Britain is in sight.’
- ‘On the morning of day 13, I called Land Ahoy as Antiguas east coast hove into view.’
Mid 18th century: from ah + hoy.
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