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bow oar

[bou] /baʊ/
bow3 (def 4).
Origin of bow oar
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Vernon took the helm, young Tempest the bow oar, and a tough old salt the oar next him.

  • Frank took Tony's number, and the bow oar was appropriated to him.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • She was soon as full as she could hold, and Bax, seizing the bow oar, forced her head round towards the shore.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • I named mine Edith, after my mother, and took Sandy for bow oar.

  • Half a dozen men seized and shipped the oars: the tailor pitched forward and driven to take the bow oar.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • This is the way I learned to row, came the retort from the bow oar.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • Come, I will take the bow oar if you will find me an oilskin coat.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • There was an eight-oared boat rowed by a crew of the young ladies, of which Miss Euthymia was the captain and pulled the bow oar.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Our hero was one of the first to leap into her, and he pulled the bow oar.

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • The bow oar leaned over and caught him by the back of the shirt.

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