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To boat the oars

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To boat the oars See under Oar.
    • To boat the oars to cease rowing, and lay the oars in the boat.
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Usage

In literature:

The evening boat from Clintondale down the river came in sight and the girls rested on their oars to let it pass.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
They are bits of cord, say two feet long, one end made fast to the loom of the oar, and the other to the gunwale of the boat.
"The Boat Club" by Oliver Optic
The order was given, "Out oars," and the boats began to glide smoothly over the calm surface.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
In an instant the crews of the boats, jumping into their seats, got out their oars ready to give way as soon as the order should be received.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
A couple of strokes of the oars had brought them to the ship's side, with Clif's boat in tow.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
And to this knob he lashed oars and the mast he found stowed in the boat.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The boat had approached to within a mile of the ship, and Ryan saw that she was pulling four oars.
"John Frewen, South Sea Whaler" by Louis Becke
The men sat down to row, but the tumbling waves tossed the boat about and poured over her and broke three of the oars.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
Instantly the men on the pier let the boats loose, and the men bent to their oars.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
Instead of oars, he used a long pole to urge on the boat.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
He took in the oars, and his tiny shell began to drift At that moment his eye caught something at the bottom of the boat.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
But Inga picked up the oars and began to row and at once the boat shot swiftly in the direction of Regos.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
The next morning Mr. Watson and I got a six-oared boat (with sails) and went to Sorrento.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Kathleen seized an oar, and stood up, attempting to free the boat from the obstruction.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
The pirate boats came to a dead stop, and I could see that all the men who were not busy with the oars were gripping their guns.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
They bent to their oars and made the old hermit's boat fairly fly through the water.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
Jack seemed ready to side with him; but Raymond jumped into the boat and seized the oars.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
He hauled in his anchor, gave the unwieldy boat to the current and bent to the oars.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
They would not speak a word, I say; their oars were still, their boat drifted lazily to the drowsy tide.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
To turn your boat to the left the action of the oars is reversed.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
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In poetry:

Lord William leap'd into the boat,
Haste--haste to yonder shore!
And ample wealth shall well reward,
Ply swift and strong the oar.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
"And so, sir sheriff and priest, good-by!"
He bent him to his oar,
And the small boat glided quietly
From the twain upon the shore.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Sense thinks it madness thus to steer,
And only trusts its eye and ear;
Into faith's boat dare thrust its oar,
And put it further from the shore.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Over the waters ride gay little boats,
Diamonds flash from the dipping oars;
Laughter and song's mingled melody floats
To ripple and die around the shores.
"The Lake Allumette" by Nora Pembroke
But still he clutched his oars, thinking to keep his coble afloat,
When one 'whelming billow struck heavily against the boat,
And man and boat were engulfed in the briny wave,
While the Storm Fiend did roar and madly did rave.
"John Rouat the Fisherman" by William Topaz McGonagall
They cease; and no longer the echoes prolong
The swell of the concert; in silence we float--
In silence! Oh, listen! 'tis woman's sweet song--
The bends of the river reply to each note,
And the oar is held dripping and still from the boat.
"Water-Party On The Beaulieu River, In The New Forest" by William Lisle Bowles

In news:

OAR Northwest brought their boat to Winslow Green back in December to show it off to the community.
The plans are two sheets (48"x36") of comprehensive details to allow you to construct a pair of the finest, strongest, and lightest (3.5 lbs each) hollow rowing oars to compliment any wooden rowing boat.
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