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thole n : a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing [syn:
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in the side of a
which acts as a fulcrum for the
1973: The oars squeaked against the tholes, the blades dipped with a steady beat, and the sun beat down: the boat crept across the sea. — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
þolian. Cognate with Swedish tåla.
1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
Seventy beds keeps he there teeming mothers are wont that they lie for to thole and bring forth bairns hale so God’s angel to Mary quoth.
, to put up with.
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