- 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 theater: 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.
- 1.2A street with a continuous line of houses along one or both of its sides, especially when specifying houses of a particular type or function: fraternity 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.More 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.More 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: we get six days off in a rowMore example sentences
consecutively, in succession; running, straight
- 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.
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] Travel by propelling a boat with oars: we rowed down the river all dayMore example sentences
- They got into the boat and started rowing away from the beach.
- They dropped down row boats and began to row ashore.
- He lashes his fishing line inside his little boat and begins to row to shore.
- 1.2Convey (a passenger) in a boat by propelling it with oars: her father was rowing her across the lakeMore example sentences
- Back then, muscly oarsmen would row paying passengers across Southampton Water, a journey well capable of taking an hour or more.
- 1.3 [no object] Engage in the sport of rowing, especially competitively: he rowed for YaleMore 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.
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- A period 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.
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- In addition, the lack of varsity status limits the team in the purchase of new boats and other needed equipment, and also curtails their ability to recruit high-school rowers.
- While many of the experienced rowers have already competed in a 18-mile race in Duluth, Saturday's regatta will be the first for the team's novices.
- The Appalachian Trail runs right through the middle of town, and on the west end, the wide and lazy Connecticut River is perfect for kayakers, rowers, and swimmers.
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
- 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 center 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.
- 1.2A 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!
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- Have a quarrel: they rowed about who would receive the money from the saleMore example sentences
- 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
- Make a noise or commotion.More 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.More 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.