Main definitions of row in English

: row1row2row3

row1

noun

  • 1A number of people or things in a more or less straight line.

    ‘her villa stood in a row of similar ones’
    • ‘Her eyes automatically went to the row of photographs lining the top shelf.’
    • ‘Tobias grinned again, exposing two rows of straight white teeth.’
    • ‘If planting strictly for cut flowers, then straight rows are the easiest to work with.’
    • ‘Along the street behind the gates rows of shops sell fresh produce, including unusual items such as sacks of soybeans, sea cucumbers and shark's fins for soup.’
    • ‘She put her school books in a neat row, making sure her books stood up straight.’
    • ‘George went in the direction Sal indicated and opened the specified cabinet, to reveal two long shelves lined with rows of bottles.’
    • ‘The desks in Jan's classroom were arranged in four orderly horizontal rows.’
    • ‘We quietly filed in, formed rows and stood an arm's length apart.’
    • ‘Above ground, an amphitheater lined with seven double rows of cypress trees echoes the octagonal space below.’
    • ‘Spring sown crops of corn are looking promising, with their straight green rows, and potatoes are being planted as fast as everyone can manage.’
    • ‘This property is on the sunny side of Fitzwilliam Terrace, a row of redbrick houses on Upper Rathmines Road.’
    • ‘We pulled up into a winding driveway that was lined by a row of rose bushes, all in full bloom.’
    • ‘Later photographs of the square show a row of rickshaws lined up in the square, and horses and carriages.’
    • ‘Even though fleece doesn't ravel, the rows of stitching lines need to be sewn on the bias to achieve a good bloom.’
    • ‘The walls were lined from floor to ceiling with nothing but rows and rows of books.’
    • ‘In most parts of the world the vineyard is a well-defined entity, generally well demarcated by the borders of the straight rows.’
    • ‘The pink, caterpillar-like larvae have rows of black spots along their sides.’
    • ‘Family photos cover one of the walls, straight rows of memories that seem to blend into one another.’
    • ‘Rows and rows of red velvet chairs lined the large room.’
    • ‘There were peas, and beans, and rows of young turnips, and carrots, and parsnips, all bordered by long straight rows of wheat.’
    line, column, file, cordon
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    1. 1.1A line of seats in a theatre.
      ‘they sat in the front row’
      • ‘Within a week of the wedding, he was back at the theater, ensconced in his customary aisle seat in the third row.’
      • ‘Devon, Joannah, and Layla found a seat in the row before the last of the full theatre.’
      • ‘The children seated in the first row were running around the hall dispersing the sweets to the ones who had got the answers right.’
      • ‘Not one to miss the opportunity, he grabbed honours by occupying a seat in the first row.’
      • ‘I peered over the edge of the seat in front of me and looked down the rows below to see if she was still in the theater.’
      • ‘I'm seated in the third row, just forward of the semicircular bleachers that surround the stage and the rear band area.’
      • ‘Being a tall man, Paddy had requested a seat at the exit row.’
      • ‘Wearing sunglasses and a dark suit, he found a seat in an unoccupied row.’
      • ‘Four men in black uniforms, along with a plainclothed man with a large ID badge, walked past us to an aisle seat about eight rows behind me.’
      • ‘Her son, Rahul Gandhi, was seated in the third row behind Gandhi.’
      • ‘I sat in the back of the theatre about ten rows behind them.’
    2. 1.2[often in place names]A street with a continuous line of houses along one or both of its sides.
      ‘he lives at 23 Saville Row’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3A horizontal line of entries in a table.
      ‘visualize the subject in the form of a sheet of paper divided into columns 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.’
      • ‘I had lines and lines of code defining table cells and rows.’
      • ‘In the first row of Table 2, it can be seen that six respondents earned a score of 12.’
      • ‘When we typically think of the data explosion we tend to think about our databases growing by the number of rows or tables being added.’
      • ‘In this table, the rows indicate the procedure of which the outcome is being assessed, and the columns indicate the procedure that was used to define hospital volume.’
    4. 1.4A complete line of stitches in knitting or crochet.
      • ‘It will work without knitting this one extra row, but it is easier to sew it together if you do’
      • ‘Dawn was stitching the last row when Tobit barged in, followed by Will.’
      • ‘When straight stitching both rows, stretch the seam equally both times.’
      • ‘At this point there are six unworked stitches at each end of the row.’
      • ‘Insert the filler for the next row in the same manner and stitch across the channels; repeat for the two remaining pocket rows.’
      • ‘With right sides together, sew the long edges of your horizontal rows together until all four sets are sewn together.’
      • ‘Instead of starting with 38 stitches for the cuffs, I cast on 46 and increased 2 stitches every 6 rows.’
      • ‘I added 5 extra rows on the collar in stocking stitch so that I would have a roll in the collar, which is easier to pull over the head than ribbing.’
      • ‘To quilt the sashing and borders, set the machine for a serpentine stitch and stitch parallel rows down the strips.’
      • ‘Decide how many rows of decorative stitching you want, then pleat an additional two rows.’

Phrases

  • a hard (or tough) row to hoe

    • A difficult task.

      ‘the team have a hard row to hoe to get back to the top’
      • ‘‘They already have a tough row to hoe at this point, just to preserve, contain and keep their audience content,’ Maio says.’
      • ‘Real estate can be a tough row to hoe for first-time homebuyers.’
      • ‘Well, it's a long story, but to shorten it up: first-time novelists have a tough row to hoe.’
      • ‘When my older brother went off to college and had to manage without her cooking, it was a tough row to hoe for him.’
      • ‘You have a tough row to hoe and still need to be a source of stability for your son.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even though the burden of proof is on the prosecution, the reality is that when one side presents emotional, detailed stories, the defense has a hard row to hoe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It didn't take me very long to realize that making even a modest living as an artist was a tough row to hoe!’
      • ‘I see the film studio having a tough row to hoe with this.’
  • in a row

    • 1Forming a line.

      ‘four chairs were set in a row’
      • ‘Set them up in a row with about a body width between.’
      • ‘Place five chairs in a row at the front of the class.’
      • ‘By this division Thomas now came to own four houses in a row fronting Lower Street.’
      • ‘The only people living in a row of abandoned houses marked for redevelopment have told of their living nightmare.’
      • ‘More than 20 panels are hung in a row around the gallery like segments of a long comic strip.’
      1. 1.1informal In succession.
        ‘he jumped nineteen clear rounds in a row’
        • ‘Going for six in a row was no mean achievement but unfortunately it was not to be.’
        • ‘If they work six days in a row, they are also legally entitled to a weekly rest period of 45 hours.’
        • ‘The difficulty for Wales now is that a strange fixtures schedule sees them play three away games in a row.’
        • ‘Murphy has contested the last six tournaments in a row and has no intention of stopping now.’
        • ‘It was the Bury side's fourth win in a row, helping them pull further clear of the relegation zone.’
        • ‘The team won the game on Tuesday, which made that their seventh straight win in a row.’
        • ‘Export orders fell for the eighth month in a row, albeit at the slowest rate for six months.’
        • ‘The issue of the bridge came up again, for the second month in a row, and again the topic was hotly debated.’
        • ‘In previous years, the team struggled as they were forced to switch leagues for four seasons in a row.’
        • ‘It is the third year in a row in which arable farmers have been hit by a combination of relatively low harvests and other penalties.’
        consecutively, one after the other, in succession
        running, straight
        on the trot
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  • row z

    • informal The back row of seats in a concert hall, theatre, or stadium.

      ‘they could have snatched a late winner, but he struck his shot into row Z’
      • ‘He promptly returns it to Paul Overton, whose abject cross from the right ends up in Row Z of the stand on the other side of the pitch.’
      • ‘While he has captured close-ups of Beckham taking a corner, just as important are those of the fan sitting in Row Z.’
      • ‘Neville finds Sullivan on the edge of the field, and Brown rushes out to clear it into Row Z.’
      • ‘Juan rushes out to clear the ball into Row Z.’
      • ‘Now, I'm clearly in Row Z - my visitor count makes Robert Smith's election result look good.’
      • ‘After some slapstick defending, Michael Sweetney eventually hacks the ball into Row Z.’
      • ‘Since Portugal scored, Marc Overmars spurned a half-chance to equalise, slicing a volley into Row Z from distance.’
      • ‘Instead of putting the ball in Row Z he allowed Alan Hunte to reach round and get the scoring touch.’
      • ‘Heintze is forced to hack the ball into Row Z.’

Origin

Old English rāw, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rij and German Reihe.

Pronunciation:

row

/rəʊ/

Main definitions of row in English

: row1row2row3

row2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Propel (a boat) with oars.

    ‘out in the bay a small figure was rowing a rubber dinghy’
    • ‘It is glorious weather, the waterway full of small boats, some being rowed, some under sail, when suddenly there is the sound of shouting as the peaceful afternoon is shattered.’
    • ‘She began furiously rowing the boat to the right, trying to escape the current.’
    • ‘We tried our hand rowing a boat on the lake which was completely riotous.’
    • ‘He was unable to row the boat and couldn't steer the vessel having lost his rudder on day one of the voyage.’
    • ‘The ferryman dies and Siddhartha is left to row the ferry himself.’
    • ‘When about 50 yards from the shore the pinnaces cast off, leaving the boats to be rowed to the beach by their naval crews, under covering fire from the warships.’
    • ‘The Turkish galleys were rowed by slaves: some of the Christian ships were rowed by volunteers.’
    • ‘One dark night he helped row a collapsible boat carrying a dozen men half a mile out to sea in the hope of finding a ship to take them.’
    • ‘Dallas rowed the little boat up alongside the fishing rig.’
    • ‘She rowed the boat down the waterway, her anger slowly subsiding.’
    • ‘A girl rows a raft made from banana-tree shoots in the flooded Samata, 35 km east of Guwahati, on Thursday.’
    • ‘David noticed that square holes had been cut in the hull to allow oarsmen to row the ship despite the fact that it possessed a single mast with a sail.’
    • ‘Our final day was again beautifully sunny, if freezing, so we decided to row a boat around one of Donegal's many lochs.’
    • ‘Our staff will row the rafts, cook, and provide special activities for the children.’
    • ‘The Italian crew will row their flagship, the Disdotona, on the way back from the Henley Regatta, accompanied by two Venetian racing fours.’
    • ‘The old ferryman has become so frail that he no longer rows the ferry.’
    • ‘Sometimes, in calm seas, when the outboard stuttered and needed coaxing with frequent plug de-oilings, Angus would row the boat.’
    • ‘Gil and Marle each picked up a paddle and started rowing the boat away from the harbor.’
    • ‘Physical challenges included rowing the raft across a lake, taking on an assault course, with and without heavy equipment to carry, and jogging over a daytime orienteering course.’
    • ‘The Orsay picture is the more finished of the two, showing five faceless men rowing their boat through a choppy sea towards a waiting ship on the horizon.’
    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial of direction]Travel by rowing a boat.
      ‘we rowed down the river all day’
      • ‘They crossed the sand bar at the mouth of the river, before rowing up river for three miles.’
      • ‘We ate some breakfast and jumped into our rafts and rowed down to the southeastern end of Otter Lake.’
      • ‘The freshmen eight rowed downstream for three and a halt miles in easy stretches and return, being coached from the launch by Coach Kennedy.’
      • ‘To others I said I rowed all the way by myself in a boat and they swallowed that as well.’
      • ‘As we rowed down the river I could see fish in a reed fringed bay.’
      • ‘There was a river mouth near to the beach and we would often row up the river and set a net off one of the mangrove heads, partially blocking the tributary.’
      • ‘Campus staff occasionally rowed out to the lake centre in a wooden boat to spread fish food more evenly onto the lake surface.’
      • ‘In the past, he spent many an hour rowing down the River Barrow.’
      • ‘Then he rows across the river, releasing more net before he turns upstream to row back in a circular route to where the leading end was released.’
      • ‘Mr Butler rowed single-handed across the Atlantic in 2001.’
      • ‘They took the ship's boat and rowed to shore in the dead of night.’
      • ‘One day, Ramsay three times pushed the boat away from shore as the men rowed across from their encampment to commence work.’
      • ‘You used to row out to your boat moored away from the shore.’
      • ‘He was still smiling as the boat hit the water and until we had rowed so far away that he was indistinguishable from the other people still on the ship.’
      • ‘And to row across the river instead of taking the bridge; it seemed unnecessarily complicated.’
      • ‘With swift strokes, she rowed away from the dock.’
    2. 1.2Convey (a passenger) in a boat by rowing it.
      ‘her father was rowing her across the lake’
      • ‘The town council has in turn appealed to the seamanship of the Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets who have agreed to launch one of their boats to row the raiding party across.’
      • ‘I went out to a swamp and sat in the middle of a canoe while George and Stephen rowed me.’
      • ‘Charlie and Barb rowed me into shore, toured the island and visited the cave.’
      • ‘On his retirement in 1992, CDRE McKay was rowed across the lake in a Navy dinghy.’
      • ‘The lack of port was a problem for the little township - supplies and passengers had to be rowed by boat through the rolling surf - often struggling wet and miserable to shore.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Engage in the sport of rowing, especially competitively.
      ‘he rowed for England’
      [with complement] ‘he rowed stroke in the University Eight’
      • ‘Some clearly rowed their hardest races to reach the finals and were unable to repeat the effort in the final.’
      • ‘It was the very first time that I ever rowed in a competitive event.’
      • ‘Neither of the teams have rowed before but each boat has three experienced rowers to help them.’
      • ‘Gillett, 29, took up competitive cycling in 2000, having rowed for Australia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.’
      • ‘DeFrantz rowed for the United States at the 1976 Olympics winning bronze in the women's eight.’
      • ‘Sonia is the first kiwi competing on the first full day of competition in Athens, rowing in her single sculls heat around early Saturday evening.’
      • ‘Teti rowed on the national team for over a decade before becoming coach at Princeton University for nine years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will be rowing with Matthew Pinsent in the coxless pairs.’
      • ‘He used to row with Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club and still rows competitively with the Royal Chester Rowing Club.’
      • ‘During the tour participants would rotate so that each day they rowed with a different crew.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They will be rowing in the lightweight coxless four team which finished in the top ten of the World Cup final in Lucerne, Switzerland.’
      • ‘Cracknell, who rowed in Britain's coxless four triumph at the last Olympic Games in Sydney, said the win was even sweeter after the ups and downs the boat had endured this season.’
      • ‘Polymeros described the chemistry that has existed between the two of them ever since they rowed together as club rowers.’
      • ‘Kelly rowed to gold in this event as a junior last year and as stroke today she was moving the boat at a solid 32 strokes per minute.’

noun

  • [in singular] A spell of rowing.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • row back

    • 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 result’
      • ‘Yesterday he seemed to be rowing back from his previous night's attacks on capitalist greed.’
      • ‘Police forces, rather than wanting to row back from the controversy surrounding the use of DNA evidence, increasingly rely on the technique.’
      • ‘Having thankfully rowed back on the plan to re-introduce third level fees, he has announced a package of E42 million for educational disadvantage.’
      • ‘Both companies have rowed back on plans for the roll-out of digital television services in Ireland.’
      • ‘That is why Downing Street was forced to row back on an early reaction to the deal.’
      • ‘Later in the week he attempted to row back.’
      • ‘Afterwards, in the BBC's Green Room, she apparently rowed back on the threats issued to the corporation.’
      • ‘He has rowed back on criticism he made of the manner in which orthodontic assessment clinics are held in Sligo.’
      • ‘I'm very disappointed that he is thinking of rowing back on the Children Act.’
      • ‘At a hastily arranged briefing in Brussels, the document's authors appeared to row back.’
      • ‘The Minister for Finance is under growing pressure from party members to row back on plans to abolish the first-time buyers grant for housebuyers.’
      • ‘The Government has rowed back on plans to extend a successful prison rehabilitation project into all jails, according to a leading criminal expert.’
      • ‘He has welcomed its decision to row back on its plan to transmit all future sports commentaries exclusively on FM.’
      • ‘The group appears to have rowed back on its plans to open an outlet in Ireland.’
      • ‘He subsequently tried to row back on his very public remarks to the Los Angeles Times, which still can be read on their website.’
      • ‘The Government has rowed back on the Freedom of Information Act.’
      • ‘He has rowed back on some of the promises that once brought the progressives' loudest cheers.’
      • ‘He said: "Now is not the time to row back on our renewable energy targets."’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There can be no rowing back on that commitment.’
      renege on, back down on, go back on, back out of, fail to honour, withdraw, backtrack on, row back on, take back, abandon, default on
      change one's mind, change one's opinion, go into reverse, do an about-face, do a u-turn, row back, shift one's ground, sing a different song, have second thoughts, reconsider, climb down
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  • row someone down

    • Overtake a team in a rowing race, especially a bumping race.

      • ‘We had confidence in our abilities from our race against Leander in which we had rowed them down round the bigger Surrey bend.’
      • ‘Again the same tactic of constant rhythm was employed and we eventually rowed them down.’
      • ‘With three minutes to go, and the race still in contention, it was a flashback to this time last year when Oxford rowed Cambridge down around the outside of the last bend.’
  • row someone out

    • Exhaust someone by rowing.

      ‘both pairs finished in a distressed condition, Boardman being completely rowed out’
  • row over

    • Complete the course of a boat race with little effort, owing to the absence or inferiority of competitors.

      • ‘The women's junior 15 coxed quad also rowed over the course without competition.’
      • ‘Because they were late Waterford A went out and rowed over the course; this is normal when a crew is late or does not arrive at the Regatta start on time.’

Origin

Old English rōwan, of Germanic origin; related to rudder; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin remus oar, Greek eretmon oar.

Pronunciation:

row

/rəʊ/

Main definitions of row in English

: row1row2row3

row3

noun

British
informal
  • 1A noisy acrimonious quarrel.

    ‘they had a row and she stormed out of the house’
    • ‘Yes we still had arguments, sometimes blazing rows but knowing we were in this for the long haul we sat down and talked about it and I mean really talked.’
    • ‘Golding claimed the police over-reacted and it led to a row and a scuffle.’
    • ‘In a later incident, during a row, he lost control and punched her in the face.’
    • ‘For a start, don't make things worse: avoid anger, rows, confrontation and ultimatums.’
    • ‘The police officer said that on the date in question he received a report of a row in the town square.’
    • ‘Scott knew about the fights and rows with Hallie that seemed to be Jesse's main concern all the time.’
    • ‘Late-night rows throughout the festivities threatened to engulf innocent bystanders and shocked tourists.’
    • ‘A motorist who went drinking after a row with his fiancée knocked down and killed a pedestrian just seconds after driving away from a violent collision.’
    • ‘The couple, who claim they have never had a serious row, say their secret to a happy marriage is always listening to one another and laughing together.’
    • ‘Last weekend was a busy one for local police, as there were a number of serious rows in the town on Saturday night and Sunday morning.’
    • ‘Neighbours said the couple occasionally had noisy rows and sometimes appeared aloof, but they were otherwise unremarkable.’
    • ‘He said that in any home, rows and arguments were commonplace but there was a line that should not be crossed.’
    • ‘She rushed to a nearby pub to get help when the row broke out.’
    • ‘One neighbour, a teenager who did not want to be named, told how she had heard a noisy row.’
    • ‘There was a row and fracas between the two women and all were thrown out.’
    • ‘The row escalated into a fight involving a group of others, and Miss Edwards was bitten by Tanner on the arm.’
    • ‘Prosecutors allege that after a row in which insults were exchanged, Collins returned to his house in All Saints Street and returned with a knife in each hand.’
    • ‘One witness who was drinking in the bar said the row started over a disagreement over politics.’
    • ‘The couple's noisy row drew the attention of neighbors and local officials, who explained to them the news surrounding the food scare.’
    • ‘Such rows usually end up with Tanya storming out of the pub and staying out until her disapproval has been duly noted.’
    argument, quarrel, squabble, fight, contretemps, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, clash, altercation, shouting match, exchange, war of words
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    1. 1.1A serious dispute.
      ‘the director is at the centre of a row over policy decisions’
      • ‘The organist at the centre of a long-running row at a Yorkshire church is set to leave the area and take up a new post in Germany.’
      • ‘A promotions company at the centre of a financial row following two outdoor concerts has gone into liquidation.’
      • ‘A Planning Service approval to build a multi-storey apartment block in Newry is at the centre of a blazing row.’
      • ‘The bitter nine-month dispute began as a row with John and Anna Atwood over a shared driveway.’
      • ‘A report to the council's monthly meeting yesterday said two or three more surgical appointments could be made without impacting on the two posts at the centre of the row.’
      • ‘The woman at the centre of the health row, who is not being named, strongly denied the claim.’
      • ‘Your child will be making all her own choices as an adult soon enough, and there's no sense in huge disputes and rows if she wants to start now.’
      • ‘Any plans to fast-track incineration projects are likely to cause a serious row in the cabinet.’
      • ‘At the centre of the row is the new dentistry contract, which is expected in the autumn.’
      • ‘A former bowling green is at the centre of a row between residents and developers over plans to put homes on it.’
      • ‘York's archives, which detail 800 years of the city's history, have been at the centre of a relocation row.’
      • ‘Demonstrators united in a solid show of support for a university professor at the centre of a sacking row.’
      • ‘A hospital at the centre of a row after failing to diagnose two patients with cancer has received praise from independent inspectors for its cancer care.’
      • ‘The bishop was at the centre of a row yesterday over a document designed to protect traditionalist Anglicans who are opposed to women priests.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He managed to end the rows and squabbles in his party and made a rather good impression in the debates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's a row brewing about a new translation of the Mass.’
      • ‘A new row has erupted over controversial plans to build ‘eyesore’ wind turbines at a Yorkshire beauty spot.’
      • ‘Memorial benches meant to be a lasting tribute to three friends killed in a car crash are at the centre of a row between police and the families of those killed.’
    2. 1.2A severe reprimand.
      ‘I always got a row if I left food on my plate’
      • ‘I was very angry at her and I got a row for being huffy and I got grounded for a month.’
  • 2A loud noise or uproar.

    ‘if he's at home he must have heard that row’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Then, from the other end of house, she said she heard ‘an awful row, shouting and raised voices, a real commotion’.’
    din, noise, racket, clamour, uproar, tumult, hubbub, commotion, disturbance, brouhaha, ruckus, rumpus, pandemonium, babel
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Have a quarrel.

    ‘they rowed about who would receive the money from the sale’
    ‘she had rowed with her boyfriend the day before’
    • ‘You do have your differences in a band, there is no denying that, but we would never row or argue about things.’
    • ‘Heather, at the wedding with her boyfriend, has rowed with her cousin Lorna, who turns her nose up at everything about Kilronan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Officers believe that the man was unhappy about the marriage and, having travelled from his home town, rowed with the bride before she was killed.’
    • ‘The Mayor warned he will expel members from the chamber if they don't stop rowing.’
    • ‘She rows with her auld man over his tactics and also has a go at poor Brendan whom she pours a drink over.’
    argue, quarrel, squabble, bicker, have a fight, have a row, fight, fall out, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, have words, dispute, spar, wrangle, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheads
    scrap, go at it hammer and tongs, argufy
    altercate, chop logic
    fratch
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    1. 1.1[with object]Rebuke severely.
      ‘she was rowed for leaving her younger brother alone’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

row

/raʊ/