One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pin, typically one of a pair, fitted to the gunwale of a rowing boat and on which an oar pivots.
- ‘He relates the importance of the thole, which secures the oar to the boat, and notes that towing was the expedition's worst job assignment.’
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dol.
Endure (something) without complaint or resistance; tolerate.‘if there's one thing I can't thole it's a lie’
allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve ofView synonyms
- ‘But these are the perils of my profession, and I am happy to thole them for the privilege of attending some of the best sport around.’
- ‘You've just got to thole it because the clouds might disappear and suddenly you'll be busy.’
- ‘They cannot thole the fact that the painting sold for £750,000.’
- ‘Perhaps because he had known hard times himself he could thole the hard times of the nation.’
- ‘I couldn't thole the voice, but I wouldn't mind the view, if you get my meaning.’
Old English tholian, of Germanic origin.
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