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oar



Pronunciation: (ôr, ōr), [key]
n.
1. a long shaft with a broad blade at one end, used as a lever for rowing or otherwise propelling or steering a boat.
2. something resembling this or having a similar purpose.
3. a person who rows; oarsman.
4. put in one's oar, to meddle; interfere: He put in his oar and was told to mind his own business.
5. rest on one's oars, to cease to make an effort; relax after exertion; stop working after success or completing a task: Once he became president, he was content to rest on his oars.

v.t.
1. to propel with or as if with oars; row.
2. to traverse or make (one's way) by, or as if by, rowing.

v.i.
1. to row.
2. to move or advance as if by rowing.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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