Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The aftermost oar in a rowboat, to the strokes of which those of the other oars must be conformed.
- n. The oarsman who handles the stroke-oar; the strokesman.
“But what startled Sheldon was the sight of a woman in the stern-sheets, between the stroke-oar and the steersman.”
“At college he pulled stroke-oar in the Christchurch boat, and had thrashed all the best bruisers of the”
“If the old feller don't put on brakes pretty soon the harpoon'll git so hot it'll melt the blubber and pull out," chuckled the stroke-oar.”
“He seemed to feel that he had the stroke-oar, and he pulled away manfully.”
“What your progeny will not do for any considerations of ethics or economy, to save his sisters 'olfactories or the atmosphere of the family altar, -- that he does unflinchingly at one word from the stroke-oar or the commodore.”
“At college he pulled stroke-oar in the Christchurch boat, and had thrashed all the best bruisers of the town.”
“Otoo saw to it that he always pulled stroke-oar in my boat.”
“So Punk became captain of the crew, and found himself at the old post of 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.”
“On account of the extreme scarcity of material, it was found necessary to require the Duke of Bethany, postmaster-general, to pull stroke-oar in the navy, and thus sit in the rear of a noble of lower degree, namely, Viscount Canaan, lord justice of the common pleas.”
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