- a number of persons or things arranged in a line, especially a straight line: a row of apple trees.
- a line of persons or things so arranged: The petitioners waited in a row.
- a line of adjacent seats facing the same way, as in a theater: seats in the third row of the balcony.
- a street formed by two continuous lines of buildings.
- Music. tone row.
- Checkers. one of the horizontal lines of squares on a checkerboard; rank.
- to put in a row (often followed by up).
- hard/long row to hoe, a difficult task or set of circumstances to confront: At 32 and with two children, she found attending medical school a hard row to hoe.
Origin of row1
- an arrangement of persons or things in a linea row of chairs
- mainly Britisha street, esp a narrow one lined with identical houses
- (capital when part of a street name)Church Row
- a line of seats, as in a cinema, theatre, etc
- maths a horizontal linear arrangement of numbers, quantities, or terms, esp in a determinant or matrix
- a horizontal rank of squares on a chessboard or draughtboard
- in a row in succession; one after the otherhe won two gold medals in a row
- a hard row to hoe a difficult task or assignment
- a noisy quarrel or dispute
- a noisy disturbance; commotionwe couldn't hear the music for the row next door
- a reprimand
- give someone a row informal to scold someone; tell someone off
- (intr often foll by with) to quarrel noisily
- (tr) archaic to reprimand
- to propel (a boat) by using oars
- (tr) to carry (people, goods, etc) in a rowing boat
- to be propelled by means of (oars or oarsmen)
- (intr) to take part in the racing of rowing boats as a sport, esp in eights, in which each member of the crew pulls one oarCompare scull (def. 6)
- (tr) to race against in a boat propelled by oarsOxford row Cambridge every year
- an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
- an excursion in a rowing boat
Word Origin and History for hard row to hoe
"line of people or things," Old English ræw "a row, line; succession, hedge-row," probably from Proto-Germanic *rai(h)waz (cf. Middle Dutch rie, Dutch rij "row;" Old High German rihan "to thread," riga "line;" German Reihe "row, line, series;" Old Norse rega "string"), possibly from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (cf. Sanskrit rikhati "scratches," rekha "line"). Meaning "a number of houses in a line" is attested from mid-15c., originally chiefly Scottish and northern English. Phrase a hard row to hoe attested from 1823, American English.
"propel with oars," Old English rowan "go by water, row" (class VII strong verb; past tense reow, past participle rowen), from Proto-Germanic *ro- (cf. Old Norse roa, Dutch roeien, West Frisian roeije, Middle High German rüejen), from PIE root *ere- (1) "to row" (cf. Sanskrit aritrah "oar;" Greek eressein "to row," eretmon "oar," trieres "trireme;" Latin remus "oar;" Lithuanian iriu "to row," irklas "oar;" Old Irish rome "oar," Old English roðor "rudder").
Idioms and Phrases with hard row to hoe
hard row to hoe
see tough row to hoe.