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boat race

noun
  1. the boat race British a rowing event held annually in the spring, in which an eight representing Oxford University rows against one representing Cambridge University on the Thames between Putney and Mortlake
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Examples from the Web for boat race

Historical Examples

  • From whence is it derived, and when was it first used in English to mean a boat-race?

    Notes and Queries, Number 187, May 28, 1853

    Various

  • Up to this time the boat-race seemed to have been nearly forgotten.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • No boat-race or regatta ever began at the time appointed for the start.

    A Mortal Antipathy

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Did you see how cut up he got when something was said about the boat-race?

    The Willoughby Captains

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • However, the finale was not far-distant, but it was postponed until after the boat-race.

    Captain Mugford

    W.H.G. Kingston