laboring oar


Definition of laboring oar

: a part or task requiring greater effort than others the officer who pulls the laboring oar in the club's activities

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First Known Use of laboring oar

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laboring oar

from laboring, present participle of labor entry 2

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“Laboring oar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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