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noun [countable]     oar pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a long stick with a wide flat blade at one end, used for rowing a boat
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    not have all your / both oars in the water to be crazy or inadequate

    The man in your life is not an adult, nor does he have all of his oars in the water.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 01/06/2015
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