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To ship the oars

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To ship the oars to place them in the rowlocks.
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Usage

In literature:

The oars were shipped, and the sailors began to row.
"Within The Enemy's Lines" by Oliver Optic
George shipped his oars, and the boat was allowed to float lazily down the stream.
"The Argosy" by Various
To out-maneuver their oars as he had done the ship's sails, Amyas knew was impossible.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
The boat was pushed off, the oars dropped into the water, it began to move from the ship.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
We shipped our oars, and in a moment the sail, shortened by one reef, was hauled up, and the boat began to scud swiftly forward.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
Having hauled the boat up to her anchor, the latter was got in, and the oars were shipped.
"Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sometimes the big waves would try to pull the oar from my hands, wanting fair play between their brothers and the ship.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
He shipped the oars, and pulled to the beach.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
Not one failed to ship his oar, or drop it into the rowlock.
"The Boat Club" by Oliver Optic
Only a few oars were being used to keep the ships in their stations.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Shipping his oars, he rowed up to the cask and took it in.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The other two bent their backs to the oars and headed straight for the anchored ship.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
He could not row much in the restless water, he shipped the oars and waited for the gale to capsize him and fill his mouth with the sea.
"The Valor of Cappen Varra" by Poul William Anderson
The sailors took their position, shipped their oars smartly, and the cutter was soon under way to the gunboat.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
The ships had oars, and the warriors manned the oars, to row when there was no wind.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
There were no splash of oars and wash of waves by the plying of boats from shore to ship.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
Shipping a pair of oars, and leaving the steering and general look-out to Sturgess, he called on the girls to pull in the orthodox way.
"His Unknown Wife" by Louis Tracy
They were put into a canoe, with oars, in such a situation as to be carried near the ships by the flowing of the tide.
"The Boys' And Girls' Library" by Various
She drew close to the canoe, shipped oars, and laid a hand on the side.
"The Girl Crusoes" by Mrs. Herbert Strang
Then they took up their oars and began to row towards the ship.
"Barty Crusoe and His Man Saturday" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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In poetry:

“O sweet and sweet as none may tell
Was the speech so close ’twixt lip and lip:
But fast, unseen, the black oars fell
That drave to shore the rover’s ship.
"Love's Reward" by William Morris