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bow oar

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  1. bow3(def 4).
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Origin of bow oar

First recorded in 1850–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bow oar

Historical Examples

  • Turning to him who pulled the bow-oar: "Stop pullin' a bit, Tom," said he, "stop pullin'."

    The Von Toodleburgs

    F. Colburn Adams

  • Amos pulled the bow-oar, and behind him was the tub with the line coiled away, and the harpoon bent on to it.

    The World of Ice

    Robert Michael Ballantyne

  • And what a mighty cheer rang out when she drew closer, and the man at the bow-oar stood up and cried, “Thank God, all saved!”

    The Thorogood Family

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • As it drew near, the figure of the man pulling the bow-oar seemed oddly familiar to me.

    The Story of a Bad Boy

    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  • Toffy rowed the bow-oar now, and Purvis, who knew every turn of the river, took the tiller-ropes.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan