One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Again the same tactic of constant rhythm was employed and we eventually rowed them down.’
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