Phrases with "oars"

Virginia Woolf Like oars rowing now this side, now that, were the sentences that came now here, now there, from either side of the table. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

But most of all, perhaps, she loved the river, and the rhythmical dip of oars in the fresh morning air, when every curve of the fertile shores seemed to reveal new beauty. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Wilkie Collins Pausing to listen, I heard next the working of oars in their rowlocks. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

H. G. Wells And I saw now for the first time as I watched her over my oars that her face was changed; she was graver and, I thought, stronger than the Mary I had known. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Her oars are now her chief motive power; and a crew of steady rowers (having always the current to their favour) can do thirty miles a day. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

She seemed to have dropped out of the fight in utter disarray; she lay with no oars out, and full of men who writhed and tumbled over each other, shrieking as if they had been flayed. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Rafael Sabatini As instantly the rowers came to rest, and from the side of each galley six-and-twenty massive yellow oars stood out, their wet blades glistening in the evening sunlight. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Peyrol saw the oars fall in the water, and in a very few minutes the boats, pulling round, disappeared one after another behind the eastern point of the cove. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Gustave Flauber It was a ship with three tiers of oars and with a horse carved on the prow. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Guy de Maupassant He had been in the habit of rowing in his younger days, he said, and when he had that in his hands — and he went through the action of pulling the oars — he did not care a fig for anybody. A Country Excursion (Une partie de campagne) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

He was dreaming, and did not hear the sound of oars or the grating of a boat alongside. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

William Hope Hodgson Presently, using the bottom-boards and the oars and the hatchet, we had a place large and deep enough to hold the boy, and into this we placed him. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Robert Louis Stevenson In the profound silence, broken only by the noise of oars at sea, a horn was sounded twice; and I saw the postman, girt with two bags, pause a moment at the end of the clachan for letters. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Their boat and oars had been hauled up among the bushes, so they launched it and pulled out to the barque. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

She was an eighteen-foot whaleboat of the ordinary type, equipped with oars and thole- pins. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Rafael Sabatini The steersmen climbed to their niches, and the huge steering oars creaked as they were swung out. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

As far as I could gather, there was nothing amiss with her, even her oars lay fastened to the thwarts as usual. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

William Dampier These they row with 12 or 14 oars of a side. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

I suppose about twenty minutes had elapsed, and I was scrubbing fruitlessly at the smoky patch on the ceiling, when I heard the sound of oars and voices outside. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Jules Verne John and Wilson seized their oars again, and managed to push it in an oblique direction. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

He was so absorbed in his perplexity that a hollow sound, as of somebody tumbling about in a boat, with a clatter of oars and spars, failed to make him move for a moment. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Abraham Merri He let his oars drop and leaned forward, drifting. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle Then you came again, and no one had an eye for me, so I clambered into it, cut the rope, took the oars which I found there and brought her back for more men. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Abraham Merri The Ship of Ishtar was clear; down thrust the withdrawn oars of it; straight ahead she flew into the wider space beyond the star tip of stone and circling wall. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The forefoot grated on the sand, the boat floated, the wet oars flashed and dipped once, twice. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Walter Scott When their time was expired, Douglas took the oars in his turn, and by his order Roland Graeme steered the boat, directing her course upon the landing-place at the castle. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Upon this the oars were all taken in, and the galley lay tossing upon the furious sea, amid waves that continually beat upon her. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Edith Wharton Presently they heard a low plash of oars and saw the prow of a gondola cautiously rounding the angle of the terrace. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Our morning passed in fruitless plans for escape, and yet we could see a boat fastened to the shore, with its oars in it. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Henry James When we did return — I almost had to take the oars myself — I felt as if every one had been sitting up to time us, to stare at us. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

The vessel struck; and, with the dreadful shock, Her oars she shiver’d, and her head she broke. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

G. K. Chesterton MacIan found two oars in the bottom of the deserted boat and began somewhat drearily to row. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Abraham Merri Kenton glimpsed double banks of oars that drove a huge bulk down upon them with prodigious speed. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope The small boats had been stolen from some of them, and the ropes and oars from others. North America by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott While Edward watched this phenomenon, the distant dash of oars was heard. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Rafael Sabatini The slaves heaved, and with a creak and splash of oars the great galeasse skimmed forward towards the mouth of the cove. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Abraham Merri The lash of Zachel — Zachel — the toy? No toy had made those scars! No oars of toy had brought into being those muscles! And suddenly all Kenton’s mind awoke. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton Charity leaned back in the stern, and Harney unshipped the oars and lay in the bottom of the boat without speaking. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

But, in fact, we had many oars to pull. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Thomas Hardy It was thought and always said by my uncle Job, sergeant of foot (who used to know all about these matters), that Bonaparte meant to cross with oars on a calm night. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling He manned ten oars a side, and bade them watch his hand to row in or back out, and so coaxed he them toward the bank. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Rafael Sabatini He threw a leg over the side, and alighted on a decked space between two oars and the two rows of six slaves that were manning each of them. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Meredith The oars swung fore and aft, and Beauchamp sprang on deck. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Andrew Lang The oars were locked up in the boat-house, and Little Lasse had not noticed that the boat was empty. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Only one of these had the look of readiness, the rest being devoid of oars and rowlocks; a discouraging state of things for a prospective boat-lifter. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

They pull the oars of society, and have no leisure to watch the currents running this or that way; let theorists and philosophers attend to them. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Presently was heard a faint, continuous, distant murmur, and the streaks began to get larger, and larger, and larger; and the eight splashing oars looked four instead of two. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne The oars rested on the rowlocks. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The weary Trojans ply their shatter’d oars To nearest land, and make the Libyan shores. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wilkie Collins The oars struck the water; Frank waved his cap to Clara. In a moment more a vessel at anchor hid the boat from view. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Then he saw him dragged in over the bows, the boat back out, and then both of them tossed oars and floated side by side on the sparkling water of the cove. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Bram Stoker The Count in his box, then, was on a river in an open boat, propelled probably either by oars or poles, for the banks are near and it is working against stream. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

In the ardor of the fight the rowers dropped their oars and hurried to the scene, to take part in the struggle. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

H. Rider Haggard Then they loosed the cable and got out the oars and soon were dancing over the sea. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope They had no other furniture or belongings, and were to be moved either by steam-tugs or by the use of the long oars which were sent with them. North America by Anthony Trollope

William Hope Hodgson The third hour was three parts through, when we heard again the sound of oars across the silent ocean. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson As it poured off the lifted oars I heard one of the men mutter to himself, ‘Dam’ treacle!’ And, indeed, it was not something unlike it. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Rafael Sabatini The oars dipped, the slaves strained and the galeasse ploughed forward, time being kept by a boatswain’s mate who squatted on the waist-deck and beat a tomtom rhythmically. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens But the sails were all set, and the oars all going merrily. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Abraham Merri Ten ship lengths ahead of them was the bireme, racing on its four fold multiple feet of oars like an enormous water spider. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

William Hope Hodgson Then, without more ado, we heard the ply of oars across the darkness. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Tobias Smolle These gallies I suppose were not so large as common fishing-smacks, for they were moved by two, three, and four oars of a side according to their different rates, biremes, triremes, and quadriremes. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

The star approached slowly; the sounds of oars and of men’s speech came to us across the water; and then a voice hailed us. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Henry Handel Richardson Meanwhile, he rowed on, with long, leisurely strokes; and the lapping of the water round the oars was the only sound to be heard. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

To use the oars was dangerous, for she had no means of muffling them. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

George Gissing Don’t you find the sun dreadfully hot, Annabel? Do please row into a shady place, Mr. Egremont.’ His way of handling the oars showed that he was no stranger to exercise of this kind. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Abraham Merri A third through and they heard the bireme’s sweeps clanking, saw it come swinging on a single bank of oars into the entrance. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson Northmour took the tiller; the boat rose to the waves, and the oars between the thole-pins sounded crisp and measured in the morning air. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

The oars were small, being not more than twelve feet in length, but made of very light, tough material, with very broad blades. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Virginia Woolf There are cruets behind them and ornaments; their rooms are full of oars and oleographs but they have turned all to beauty. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Jack London The two remaining oars were quickly broken. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Abraham Merri The oars of the bireme faltered; stopped at midstroke; held rigid, just touching sea. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassant In front of the door all was a tumult of cries and calls, while the jolly dogs in white flannels gesticulated with oars on their shoulders. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

The oars trailed without motion, save that imparted by the restless waters. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Charles Kingsley To outmanoeuvre their oars as he had done the ship’s sails, Amyas knew was impossible. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Arnold Bennett For a moment the oars ceased to move. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Jules Verne The oars only dipped into the water at long intervals. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

William Hope Hodgson As I did so, I heard a slight, muffled cry, and then the sound of a splash as though someone had dipped oars abruptly. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

These we had to place upon oars, and, lifting them up, rest the oars upon our shoulders, and creep slowly up the hill with the gait of a funeral procession. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Charles Kingsley No sooner is Thurnall released, than he is off to the yacht as fast as oars can take him, and in Claude’s arms. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Florence Dixie There were four oars in the boat, each manned by two men, who were pulling with all their might and main against the waves and sudden blasts, that made rowing anything but child’s work. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Continue still your hospitable way, And still invent occasions of their stay, Till storms and winter winds shall cease to threat, And planks and oars repair their shatter’d fleet. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wilkie Collins His crew — little men with stony, white faces, dressed in funeral black — sat in silent rows on the seats of the boat, with their oars in their lean, long hands. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins There were no oars in it, and therefore no means of taking it back to the mill. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

The oarsmen’s heads and bodies came swinging back like one, and the oars seemed to lash the water savagely, like a connected row of swords, and the spray squirted at each vicious stroke. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Then the rowers sprang forward, panting, to plunge their oars again before the current should check her. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Henry James I cannot say exactly to which member of Gertrude’s phrase he alluded; but he dipped his oars again, and they kept floating about. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Sir Walter Scott The dash of a pair of oars in the water announced the retreat of the male person of the dialogue. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Samuel Johnson Yet it is not very evident of what use it was to hide their oars from those, who, if they were masters of the coast, could take away their boats. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Nellie Bly Frequently he turned his head to see if the way was clear, plying his oars industriously all the while. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Florence Dixie Then he dipped his oars in the water and pulled once more for land. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

I now learned for the first time that the boat was too large for the channel, and that oars were perfectly useless ahead. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Sir Walter Scott The oars they put in another place of concealment, both for the use of Donald Bean Lean probably, when his occasions should next bring him to that place. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Robert Louis Stevenson Sure enough, we heard a little faint creak of oars upon one hand, and then again, and further off, a creak of oars upon the other. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

They were still at their post, however, when our oars went in, and the bow of our boat ran up — well up upon the beach. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

William Hope Hodgson Presently we were ready, and had cast over the bundle of oars and the mast, which was to serve as our sea-anchor, and so we lay waiting. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was a chorus of men in close harmony and in perfect rhythm to an accompanying sound of oars dealing the blue writers. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The noise of oars rowing fast, to the precipitated jingling of a guitar, swooped down upon us with a gallant ferocity. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Everywhere boats floated, and the oars plashed like music through the air. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jack London But the man did not know how to row, and Churchill took the oars and toiled for a few more centuries. Lost Face by Jack London

H.P. Lovecraft Suddenly a ray of physical light shot through these phantasms, and Malone heard the sound of oars amidst the blasphemies of things that should be dead. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Herman Melville The bowsmen pushed the boat a sufficient distance for the oars to be lengthwise dropped. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Jules Verne Long oars have no effect on a raft of such dimensions, even when worked with a hundred sturdy arms. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was no wind, and as the boat was wretchedly equipped, we could pull but two oars on one side, and one on the other. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassant She went on: “Come! row!” And I plied the oars once more. Letter Found on a Drowned Man (Lettre trouvée sur un noyé) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Sinclair Lewis Their cheerful voices and the slow splash and clank of oars came back to Carol from the dimness. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Florence Dixie She could hear voices shouting from the waters, and the splash of oars sounded in her ears. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Florence Dixie She took her bearings with great care, minutely scrutinised the locality, dropped the oars into the water, and prepared to pull for Pabon Island, remarking, “The place will do. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Andrew Lang The oars went overboard at once, and the little boat was tossed about on the rolling billows like a nut-shell. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri To one of the rudder oars clung Gigi, at the other were two slaves from the rowers’ pit. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf On they roll; on they gallop, after hounds, after footballs; they pump up and down attached to oars like sacks of flour. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Abraham Merri The four rowers in front lifted high their oars shunted them into a niche. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence Then the lovely darkness fell again, the lanterns and the little threaded lights glimmered softly, there was a muffled knocking of oars and a waving of music. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne The man who had been at the tiller was replaced by one of his comrades, and the oars were rapidly plunged into the water. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Rafael Sabatini Came a short word of command from Asad and a stir ran through the ranks of the slaves, as they threw forward their weight to bring the oars to the level. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

William Dampier Their oars are short and they do not paddle but row with them as we do. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Furling the sail, I took to my oars and pulled inside. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

The oars are worked by the feet instead of the arms. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

Mark Twain I closed in above the shore light, and laid on my oars and floated. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling If she were even a dinghy with oars we could have ridden it out; but a box with holes is no good. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

The oars were too long to pull comfortably. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Bram Stoker I can hear men’s voices calling, near and far, and the roll and creak of oars in the rowlocks. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

William Hope Hodgson I thought of a sponge — a great, grey nodding sponge — The oars continued to ply. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Rafael Sabatini Faster beat the tomtom marking the desperate time, and faster in response to it came the creak and dip of oars and the panting, stertorous breathing of the rowers. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

As the spume and fragmentary mist wraiths scudded with the gale, so Red Dolphin fled across the wind-flattened billows, the path of her many oars a welter of spouting foam. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope The chain was stretched across the river, fixed to the staples driven into the rock on either side, and the boat was pulled backwards and forwards over the stream without aid from oars or paddles. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen He thought he could distinguish the swish of oars and the latter of them in the rowlocks. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

D. H. Lawrence The oars were yet warm with the unpleasant warmth of the hands of the slaves. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle It was the sound of oars in rowlocks. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

The man who steered shipped his oar and stood up in the stern, and those that pulled the two after oars sat upon their benches, with their oars shipped, ready to strike out as soon as she was afloat. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Edith Wharton At that moment we heard the stroke of oars across the quiet water and saw the Count’s boat touch the landing-steps. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Anthony Trollope The sound of oars was heard close to them — an eager pressing stroke, as of men who knew well that they were rowing for the salvation of a life. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan A sound of oars was heard, a boat grinding against the stones, and he appeared, enormous, booted, followed by two drenched dogs of a ruddy color like himself, who lay down on the mat outside the door. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same time the Genoese sailors thrust with their oars against the side of the cog, and a rapidly widening rift appeared between the two vessels. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

At last I drew in my oars and arranged them by my side. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He scarcely waited to ship his oars and make the boat secure. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Each had his oar and seat numbered, and we were obliged to be in our places, have our oars scraped white, our tholepins in, and the fenders over the side. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Walter Scott They took their oars and began to pull from the shore, then spread their sail, and drove merrily across the firth. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was the rattle of oars and the buzz of many voices. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Abraham Merri The woman was on the starboard platform, bent low beside the rail! And the ship’s oars were no longer buried in the waves of lapis lazuli. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The restlessness of waiting made us dip our oars in a haphazard stroke, without aim, without the means of judging whether we pulled to seaward, inshore, north, or south, or only in a circle. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Finding that the captain did not come immediately, we put our oars in the boat, and, leaving one to watch it, walked about the beach to see what we could of the place. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Rudyard Kipling Bitter cold it was! There were icicles hanging from her deck, and the oars were glazed over with ice, and there was ice on Weland’s lips. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Charles Dickens Side by side with the subtle and facile machine, and side by side with the fast-growing pile of oars on the floor, a man shapes out these special oars with an axe. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Hope The wind was blowing a gale now, and there was little danger of oars being heard. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Charles Dickens A pair of oars of unusual size chance to be wanted for a special purpose, and they have to be made by hand. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

R. D. Blackmore Yes, two boat-loads of people, racing to get their oars out, and to be here first. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Presently the splash of oars indicated the approach of a boat, and a scene of great bustle ensued. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Robert Louis Stevenson Out of this I was presently aware of a sound of oars pulling, and a little after (as if out of the smoke of a fire) a boat issued. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Florence Dixie He could hear the muffled sound of the boat’s oars not far behind him, and he knew that it was gaining upon him. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Henry Kingsley Bit by bit was disclosed the clean run of a beautiful white whale-boat, which when turned over discovered her oars laid neatly side by side, with a small spritsail. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Jack London The oars struck the water, and with a few strokes the boat was alongside. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

The rowers had to take their oars once more, and the reaction that followed upon their recent rejoicing was visible in universal gloom and dejection. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Jules Verne Several boats, aided by oars as well as by the current, were coming swiftly down upon them. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

The oars lay on either side of me, useless as the rudder, the yoke lines had scarcely been touched since the ship had turned her back on us. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Rudyard Kipling Then the lower-deck oars shot up through the deck planking, butt first, and one of them jumped clear up into the air and came down again close at my head. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Abraham Merri The black cabin, swept clean of evil, housed now the Viking, Gigi and the Persian. Sigurd or Gigi handled the two great oars that, fastened to each side of the stern, steered the ship. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The oars had been shipped evenly, the anchor was in the bow with the rope neatly coiled around it, and in the stern was a fishing basket and a tin of bait. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Andrew Lang But when Little Lasse wanted to row there were no oars to be found in the boat. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The triple banks of oars that had trailed lax to the tide, lifted, came into alignment, and swept forward, feathering the waves in perfect unison. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

With lab’ring oars they bear along the strand, Where the tide languishes, and leap aland. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

And behold his oars were gone! He had been trapped to his destruction. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jack London Even the hunters were pulling, and with three pairs of oars in the water they rapidly overhauled what I may appropriately term the enemy. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Virginia Woolf Sure enough, after fidgeting a second or two, he said something sharp to Macalister’s boy, who got out his oars and began to row. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

George Meredith Thus the hours passed, and the oars Plied without pause, and nothing but the sound Of the dull rowlocks and still watery sough, Far off, the carnage of the storm, was heard. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

I and my two boat-keepers kept them off as best we could with oars and boat-hooks; but to be constantly at it became exasperating, since there was no reason why we should not leave at once. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

I felt the silence, although I was hardly conscious of its extreme profundity, until my ear was suddenly arrested by the paddling of oars near the shore, and a person landed close to my house. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edgar Rice Burroughs In it were more than fifty men, twenty or thirty of whom were at oars with which the craft was being propelled from the lee of the land. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Charles Dickens Or another, “Is that a boat yonder?” And afterwards we would fall into a dead silence, and I would sit impatiently thinking with what an unusual amount of noise the oars worked in the thowels. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Then oaks for oars they fell’d; or, as they stood, Of its green arms despoil’d the growing wood, Studious of flight. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Robert Louis Stevenson The splash of oars and bathers, the bathing costumes out to dry, the trim canoes beside the jetty, tell of a society that has an eye to pleasure. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Louisa May Alcott Meg, in the other boat, was delightfully situated, face to face with the rowers, who both admired the prospect and feathered their oars with uncommon ‘skill and dexterity’. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

In the great stillness before the bursting out of the thunderstorm they could hear the sound of oars working regularly in their row-locks. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]