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  • v. participate in a boat race


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  • The climax is an act of self-immolation during the boat-race, and a storm signalled "by a loud and prolonged thunderclap."

    A truly soggy boat race

  • During the boat-race, a gentleman pulling in a canoe, and smoking a narghilly, had attracted no ordinary attention.

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • Ethelberta came indoors one day from the University boat-race, and sat down, without speaking, beside Picotee, as if lost in thought.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • See the chaps in a boat-race; look at the fellers in a fight; aye, look at a dawg killing rats — which is it wins? the good-blooded ones.

    Vanity Fair

  • There was another pause; then she blurted out: “We church girls always wear Trinity colours at the boat-race.”

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • Sundays, to work outside the appointed hours, to talk to the day-boys, to cultivate social relationships with the masters, to be Cambridge in the boat-race, and in fine to hold any opinion or follow any pursuit that was not approved by the majority.

    The Ghost Ship

  • Witness the mill on fire in 'The Cloister and the Hearth'; the lark in exile in 'Never too Late to Mend'; the boat-race in 'Hard Cash'; the scene of Kate Peyton at the firelit window, and Griffith in the snow, in 'Griffith Gaunt.'

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

  • His Majesty was conducted through the lagoons as far as the fortified gate of Mala-Mocca, and the gondoliers gave as he returned a boat-race and tournament on the water.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • The little bay of Glyndewi was not a bad place for a boat-race on a small scale.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843

  • In the quaint city five miles down the river hotels were filling with the vanguard of the boat-race throng -- boys fresh from the poetry of Commencement; their older brothers, their fathers, their grandfathers, living again the thrill of youth and the things thereof.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

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