row

1
[ roh ]
/ roʊ /
|

noun

verb (used with object)

to put in a row (often followed by up).

Nearby words

  1. roving,
  2. roving commission,
  3. rovingly,
  4. rovno,
  5. rovuma,
  6. row house,
  7. row over,
  8. row vector,
  9. row-house,
  10. rowan

Idioms

    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 row

1
1175–1225; Middle English row(e); compare Old English rǣw

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British Dictionary definitions for hard row to hoe

row

1
/ (rəʊ) /

noun

Word Origin for row

Old English rāw, rǣw; related to Old High German rīga line, Lithuanian raiwe strip

row

2
/ (raʊ) /

noun

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

verb

(intr often foll by with) to quarrel noisily
(tr) archaic to reprimand

Word Origin for row

C18: origin unknown

row

3
/ (rəʊ) /

verb

noun

an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
an excursion in a rowing boat
See also row over

Derived Formsrower, nounrowing, noun

Word Origin for row

Old English rōwan; related to Middle Dutch roien, Middle High German rüejen, Old Norse rōa, Latin rēmus oar

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Word Origin and History for hard row to hoe
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Idioms and Phrases with hard row to hoe

hard row to hoe

see tough row to hoe.

row

see get one's ducks in a row; kick up a fuss (row); skid row; tough row to hoe.

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