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  • I was two stone lighter than the then coxswain ( "cox") and interchanged us, and thereafter my destiny was fixed; I eventually rose to be cox of the first eight, and while I did not exactly steer them to victory (in fact, in the year of my coxswainship we did, formally, just about as badly as it is possible to do!), I nevertheless feel we put up a good fight.

    Anthony J. Leggett - Autobiography 2004

  • "Then this honourable member," said Drysdale, getting off the table, "seeing that his humble efforts are unappreciated, thinks it best for the public service to place his resignation in the hands of your coxswainship."

    Tom Brown at Oxford Thomas Hughes 1859

  • "Which my coxswainship is graciously pleased to accept," replied

    Tom Brown at Oxford Thomas Hughes 1859


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  • Skill in steering.

    Usage: (1885 Bell's Life 15 June 3/7) "They lost their opportunity through bad coxswainship." (cited in OED online)

    February 6, 2007