Their ineptitude required the seaman to abandon his post at the tiller and man an oar himself.
He was even aroused with difficulty, and he resumed the oar with reluctance.
The Spaniard seized an oar and with an oath sprang toward the American.
My bruised and swollen hands could no longer close on the oar handles.
And once he let Tattie and me try to row, but I 'caught a crab' and dropped the oar.
Their only oar was wrenched from the grasp of the fisherman, and the frail bark was thus left to the mercy of the waves.
He pulled on; but Jack saw his hands suddenly let go his oar, and down he sank.
They climbed over the seat back and each took an oar, kneeling like canoeists.
Plant my oar upon my tomb—the oar with which I used to row while I was living.'
Happy are those who still dwell in Cambridge courts and follow the delightful labour of the oar!
Old English ar "oar," from Proto-Germanic *airo (cf. Old Norse ar, Danish aare, Swedish åra), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin remus "oar," Greek eretes "rower," eretmos "oar."