Knife and fork push against one another rhythmically on the plate, like oars on a boat.
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.
It is clear to you that she intends to use the staves as oars.
We steadied the boat with the oars, and I thought we were doing real good.
And we went aboard and broke the oars and threw the sails into the water.
To his joy he found a pair of oars stowed beneath the thwarts.
I discovered, too, that oars were lying in them, also a small mast and sails.
They were half-way to shore when they heard the noise of oars again.
With a song upon their lips, the sailors bent to their oars.
Then the wind changed and the frightened rowers had to take the oars.
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."