- 1A number of people or things in a more or less straight line: her villa stood in a row of similar onesMore example sentences
- There were peas, and beans, and rows of young turnips, and carrots, and parsnips, all bordered by long straight rows of wheat.
- Tobias grinned again, exposing two rows of straight white teeth.
- Family photos cover one of the walls, straight rows of memories that seem to blend into one another.
- 1.1A line of seats in a theatre: they sat in the front rowMore example sentences
- Devon, Joannah, and Layla found a seat in the row before the last of the full theatre.
- Within a week of the wedding, he was back at the theater, ensconced in his customary aisle seat in the third row.
- Not one to miss the opportunity, he grabbed honours by occupying a seat in the first row.
- 1.2 [often in place names] A street with a continuous line of houses along one or both of its sides: he lives at 23 Saville RowMore example sentences
- Ever since the blast rocked four houses in the middle of a terraced row in Cecilia Street, Great Lever, two years ago, piles of rubble have remained to mark the spot.
- Yesterday was the last day of the holidays for children in homes along the busy row on the Collie Road, minutes from Clonmel town.
- Amazingly, the garden has grown to be more than 60 ft-long and has crept around the side of the terraced row.
- 1.3A horizontal line of entries in a table: visualize the subject in the form of a sheet of paper divided into columns and rowsMore example sentences
- I had lines and lines of code defining table cells and rows.
- The first two rows of Table 1 present descriptive information on this first set of indexes for the population.
- The entries in the rows of Tables III and IV include all reported instruments that were used by multiple schools.
- 1.4A complete line of stitches in knitting or crochet.More example sentences
- Instead of starting with 38 stitches for the cuffs, I cast on 46 and increased 2 stitches every 6 rows.
- Dawn was stitching the last row when Tobit barged in, followed by Will.
- To quilt the sashing and borders, set the machine for a serpentine stitch and stitch parallel rows down the strips.
a hard (or tough) row to hoe
- A difficult task: the team have a hard row to hoe to get back to the topMore example sentences
- I'm beginning to get the feeling that if we had control freak parents we have a tough row to hoe when relating to others and particularly our own children.
- With a kid, there are always so many little GI Joe army boots and stray Lego pieces and art projects lying around, it's a tough row to hoe to keep things tidy.
- When my older brother went off to college and had to manage without her cooking, it was a tough row to hoe for him.
in a row
- Forming a line: four chairs were set in a rowMore example sentences
- More than 20 panels are hung in a row around the gallery like segments of a long comic strip.
- The only people living in a row of abandoned houses marked for redevelopment have told of their living nightmare.
- Set them up in a row with about a body width between.
- • informal In succession: he jumped nineteen clear rounds in a rowMore example sentences
- Murphy has contested the last six tournaments in a row and has no intention of stopping now.
- If they work six days in a row, they are also legally entitled to a weekly rest period of 45 hours.
- The team won the game on Tuesday, which made that their seventh straight win in a row.
- British • informal The back row of seats in a concert hall, theatre, or stadium: they could have snatched a late winner, but he struck his shot into row ZMore example sentences
- Heintze is forced to hack the ball into Row Z.
- Now, I'm clearly in Row Z - my visitor count makes Robert Smith's election result look good.
- Neville finds Sullivan on the edge of the field, and Brown rushes out to clear it into Row Z.
Old English rāw, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rij and German Reihe.
- 1Propel (a boat) with oars: out in the bay a small figure was rowing a rubber dinghyMore example sentences
- A girl rows a raft made from banana-tree shoots in the flooded Samata, 35 km east of Guwahati, on Thursday.
- The Turkish galleys were rowed by slaves: some of the Christian ships were rowed by volunteers.
- The ferryman dies and Siddhartha is left to row the ferry himself.
- 1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Travel by rowing a boat: we rowed down the river all dayMore example sentences
- You used to row out to your boat moored away from the shore.
- Mr Butler rowed single-handed across the Atlantic in 2001.
- Campus staff occasionally rowed out to the lake centre in a wooden boat to spread fish food more evenly onto the lake surface.
- 1.2Convey (a passenger) in a boat by rowing it: her father was rowing her across the lakeMore example sentences
- The lack of port was a problem for the little township - supplies and passengers had to be rowed by boat through the rolling surf - often struggling wet and miserable to shore.
- On his retirement in 1992, CDRE McKay was rowed across the lake in a Navy dinghy.
- The town council has in turn appealed to the seamanship of the Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets who have agreed to launch one of their boats to row the raiding party across.
- 1.3 [no object] Engage in the sport of rowing, especially competitively: he rowed for England [with complement]: he rowed stroke in the University EightMore example sentences
- He was a fit man, apart from fairly well controlled hypertension, who had been rowing competitively until his 70th birthday, and he rarely visited his general practitioner.
- He will be rowing with Matthew Pinsent in the coxless pairs.
- He was also involved in rowing for many years and had few equals in that sport especially when he rowed in the Bluebird in the late sixties and early seventies.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- A spell of rowing.More example sentences
- The two friends had gone for a light row and were turning the double scull boat opposite the boat slip at the Rowing Club when Kieran became suddenly ill.
- In the women's senior coxed fours, the girls from the school gave a good account of themselves with a well-drilled row to beat Whitby Friendship Rowing Club easily.
- I got up at 6 and went for a row.
- Reverse an earlier decision or previously held opinion; backtrack: he rowed back on his comments the following day if the government attempts to row back from its commitments, disaster will resultMore example sentences
- Yesterday he seemed to be rowing back from his previous night's attacks on capitalist greed.
- There can be no rowing back on that commitment.
- The company has now completed the U-turn in its strategy which has seen it rowing back from its grand plans to become a multinational multi-utility.
row someone down
- Overtake a team in a rowing race, especially a bumping race.More example sentences
- We had confidence in our abilities from our race against Leander in which we had rowed them down round the bigger Surrey bend.
- Again the same tactic of constant rhythm was employed and we eventually rowed them down.
- With three minutes to go, and the race still in contention, it was a flashback to this time last year when Oxford rowed Cambridge down around the outside of the last bend.
row someone out
- Complete the course of a boat race with little effort, owing to the absence or inferiority of competitors.More example sentences
- The women's junior 15 coxed quad also rowed over the course without competition.
- Because they were late Waterford A went out and rowed over the course; this is normal when a crew is late or does not arrive at the Regatta start on time.
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- College rowers out there with aspirations should really put themselves forward and not be afraid to have a go.
- One 62-year-old rower was transferred to hospital for treatment for severe hypothermia, while 12 rowers were in a state of shock and distress and were warmed up in various rowing clubs.
- Oxford's rowers pulled off another stunning performance at the Great Britain trials at Hazewinkel in Belgium this month.
Old English rōwan, of Germanic origin; related to rudder; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin remus 'oar', Greek eretmon 'oar'.
- 1A noisy acrimonious quarrel: they had a row and she stormed out of the houseMore example sentences
argument, quarrel, squabble, fight, contretemps, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, clash, altercation, shouting match, exchange, war of wordsBritish • informal , Football aftersNorth American • informal rhubarbScottish • archaic threap, collieshangieFrench • archaic tracasserie(s)
- Neighbours said the couple occasionally had noisy rows and sometimes appeared aloof, but they were otherwise unremarkable.
- One neighbour, a teenager who did not want to be named, told how she had heard a noisy row.
- Late-night rows throughout the festivities threatened to engulf innocent bystanders and shocked tourists.
- 1.1A serious dispute: the director is at the centre of a row over policy decisionsMore example sentences
- There have been and continue to be serious tensions and bitter rows - but all concerned have dealt with these in a very adult and professional way.
- By the weekend, however, as unheard cases were adjourned in the District Court, there was the beginning of a nervousness that the row could become serious.
- Any plans to fast-track incineration projects are likely to cause a serious row in the cabinet.
- 1.2 • informal A severe reprimand: I always got a row if I left food on my plateMore example sentences
reprimand, rebuke, reproof, admonition, reproach, reproval, scolding, remonstration, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, lecture, criticism, censure• informal rap, rap over the knuckles, telling-off, slap on the wrist, flea in one's ear, dressing-down, roasting, tongue-lashing, bawling-out, caning, blastAustralian/New Zealand • informal serveBritish • vulgar slang bollocking• dated rating
- I was very angry at her and I got a row for being huffy and I got grounded for a month.
- 2A loud noise or uproar: if he’s at home he must have heard that rowMore example sentences
- Then, from the other end of house, she said she heard ‘an awful row, shouting and raised voices, a real commotion’.
- I would describe the sound as a horrible row, but as I'm in the band I would like to think it is hard punk!
verb[no object] Back to top
- 1Have a quarrel: they rowed about who would receive the money from the sale she had rowed with her boyfriend the day beforeMore example sentences
argue, quarrel, squabble, bicker, have a row/fight, fight, fall out, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, have words, dispute, spar, wrangle, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheadsScottish • archaic fratch
- The girl had been drinking wine and a cocktail that night and she was escorted from the bar by staff after rowing with a former boyfriend and pushing a waitress.
- Heather, at the wedding with her boyfriend, has rowed with her cousin Lorna, who turns her nose up at everything about Kilronan.
- You do have your differences in a band, there is no denying that, but we would never row or argue about things.
make (or kick up) a row • informal , chiefly British
- Make a noise or commotion: people who lived near where they met used to complain about the row they madeMore example sentences
- Later we were most of us very drunk and we went together to the Haymarket Theatre where we kicked up a row.
- The motor made such a row that it became incredibly embarrassing.
- Make a vigorous protest: I was quite comfortable—I kicked up a row out of sheer boredomMore example sentences
- An encore of a singer being refused, the audience made a row, refused to hear the singers still on the programme, and just went away.
- Well, I made such a row that the hotel manager did find me a quiet, air conditioned, back-of-the-hotel, fourth floor room for the last two nights of the conference.
mid 18th century: of unknown origin.