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get in the boat and row

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get in the boat and row

  1. (idiomatic) To make a substantial effort, especially in cooperation with others in a group; to perform one's share of work; to show initiative.
    • 1988 September 9, John Rockwell, "City Opera Picks Successor to Sills," New York Times (retrieved 17 March 2018):
      Mr. Keene himself only found out he was the committee's choice last Friday. . . . "I have to spend the next six months finding out what's going on," he said. "I'm just going to get in the boat and row."
    • 2017 June 1, Knute Berger, Seattle's man in middle of Watergate scandal weighs in on Trump's, crosscut.com (retrieved 17 March 2018):
      He encourages people not just to complain, but get into public service, or be involved. “Get in the boat and row,” is his advice.
    • 2017 September 15, April Nowicki, Street Culture: Blind References Help Weed Out Drama at Zaius, Street Fight Magazine (retrieved 17 March 2018):
      Whether they’re an individual employee, a team lead, a manager, or someone from the overall executive team, everyone has to get in the boat and row.