Definition of row someone down in English:

row someone down

phrasal verb

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had confidence in our abilities from our race against Leander in which we had rowed them down round the bigger Surrey bend.’