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stroke oar

noun, Rowing.
the oar nearest to the stern of the boat.
stroke1 (def 14c).
Origin of stroke oar
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He was a most attractive sort—half-back at Harvard, stroke-oar and all the rest.

    On the Lightship Herman Knickerbocker Viel
  • I made him take the stroke-oar, that I might assist him, while I placed Nat at the helm.

    The Cruise of the Dainty William H. G. Kingston
  • He seemed to feel that he had the stroke-oar, and he pulled away manfully.

  • He is as healthy as a buffalo, as a prize-fighter, as the stroke-oar of a university boat.

    Smoking and Drinking James Parton
  • "The fellows know their business," Mr. Ryan said to the man who rowed the stroke-oar.

    Maori and Settler G. A. Henty
  • The member pulling the stroke-oar in any club boat shall have command of the crew.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • They were both far from commonplace-looking men, especially the elder, our stroke-oar.

  • The fame of the half-back and the short-stop and the stroke-oar has grown out of proportion to their real worth.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • The seaman addressed pulled the stroke-oar of the boat, and consequently he faced the Coquette.

  • The Midshipman and the stroke-oar clung to the long tiller that was curved like a fishing-rod under the strain.

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon

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