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row1

[roh] /roʊ/
noun
1.
a number of persons or things arranged in a line, especially a straight line:
a row of apple trees.
2.
a line of persons or things so arranged:
The petitioners waited in a row.
3.
a line of adjacent seats facing the same way, as in a theater:
seats in the third row of the balcony.
4.
a street formed by two continuous lines of buildings.
5.
Music. tone row.
6.
Checkers. one of the horizontal lines of squares on a checkerboard; rank.
verb (used with object)
7.
to put in a row (often followed by up).
Idioms
8.
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
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English row(e); compare Old English rǣw
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British Dictionary definitions for long row to hoe

row1

/rəʊ/
noun
1.
an arrangement of persons or things in a line: a row of chairs
2.
  1. (mainly Brit) a street, esp a narrow one lined with identical houses
  2. (capital when part of a street name): Church Row
3.
a line of seats, as in a cinema, theatre, etc
4.
(maths) a horizontal linear arrangement of numbers, quantities, or terms, esp in a determinant or matrix
5.
a horizontal rank of squares on a chessboard or draughtboard
6.
in a row, in succession; one after the other: he won two gold medals in a row
7.
a hard row to hoe, a difficult task or assignment
Word Origin
Old English rāw, rǣw; related to Old High German rīga line, Lithuanian raiwe strip

row2

/raʊ/
noun
1.
a noisy quarrel or dispute
2.
a noisy disturbance; commotion: we couldn't hear the music for the row next door
3.
a reprimand
4.
(informal) give someone a row, to scold someone; tell someone off
verb
5.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to quarrel noisily
6.
(transitive) (archaic) to reprimand
Word Origin
C18: origin unknown

row3

/rəʊ/
verb
1.
to propel (a boat) by using oars
2.
(transitive) to carry (people, goods, etc) in a rowing boat
3.
to be propelled by means of (oars or oarsmen)
4.
(intransitive) to take part in the racing of rowing boats as a sport, esp in eights, in which each member of the crew pulls one oar Compare scull (sense 6)
5.
(transitive) to race against in a boat propelled by oars: Oxford row Cambridge every year
noun
6.
an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
7.
an excursion in a rowing boat
See also row over
Derived Forms
rower, noun
rowing, noun
Word Origin
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 long row to hoe

row

n.

"line of people or things," Old English ræw "a row, line; succession, hedge-row," probably from Proto-Germanic *rai(h)waz (cf. Middle Dutch rie, Dutch rij "row;" Old High German rihan "to thread," riga "line;" German Reihe "row, line, series;" Old Norse rega "string"), possibly from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (cf. Sanskrit rikhati "scratches," rekha "line"). Meaning "a number of houses in a line" is attested from mid-15c., originally chiefly Scottish and northern English. Phrase a hard row to hoe attested from 1823, American English.

"noisy commotion," 1746, Cambridge University slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to rousel "drinking bout" (c.1600), a shortened form of carousal. Klein suggests a back-formation from rouse (n.), mistaken as a plural (cf. pea from pease).

v.

"propel with oars," Old English rowan "go by water, row" (class VII strong verb; past tense reow, past participle rowen), from Proto-Germanic *ro- (cf. Old Norse roa, Dutch roeien, West Frisian roeije, Middle High German rüejen), from PIE root *ere- (1) "to row" (cf. Sanskrit aritrah "oar;" Greek eressein "to row," eretmon "oar," trieres "trireme;" Latin remus "oar;" Lithuanian iriu "to row," irklas "oar;" Old Irish rome "oar," Old English roðor "rudder").

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Slang definitions & phrases for long row to hoe

row

noun

An elongated pile of narcotic, esp cocaine, for sniffing; line: and snorted a row of coke (1960s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

a hard row to hoe, have one's ducks in a row, knock someone or something for a loop, skid row


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