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stroke oar

noun, Rowing.
the oar nearest to the stern of the boat.
stroke1 (def 14c).
Origin of stroke oar
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So she rowed her best and having the stroke oar, Uncle Jabez was obliged to pull his best to keep up with her.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • He did not say: 'I have always pulled the stroke oar, and I am not going to be second.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Keep in line with Fred, because he's the stroke oar, you know.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • As he turned he got a glimpse of the stroke oar of the Atalanta.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • She picked her way across the thwart to where Kinney sat at the stroke oar.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
  • "It was a tidy jump up, any way you put it," said the stroke oar.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The stroke oar was usually taken by Tom Hercus, a man of singular daring.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • First of all the professor chose Celia Prime 162 for stroke oar.

    The Girls of Central High Gertrude W. Morrison
  • Nick was pulling the stroke oar, and presently Antony, who sat opposite him, took the little note he had written from his pocket.

  • “There is a better place a few yards further on,” said Big Otter, who pulled the stroke oar.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne

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