row

1
[ roh ]
/ roʊ /

noun

verb (used with object)

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

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 (1 of 3)

row

1
/ (rəʊ) /

noun

Word Origin for row

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

British Dictionary definitions for hard row to hoe (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for hard row to hoe (3 of 3)

row

3
/ (rəʊ) /

verb

noun

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

Derived Forms

rower, 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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Idioms and Phrases with hard row to hoe (1 of 2)

hard row to hoe


see tough row to hoe.

Idioms and Phrases with hard row to hoe (2 of 2)

row


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

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