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Posted by Smokey Stover on June 16, 2004

In Reply to: Row, not your boat. posted by Bruce Kahl on June 15, 2004

: : : "Ratings row over Moore Iraq film"
: : : ---from the Drudge Report

: : : Anybody got the wholenine on how "row" got to mean "conflict"?

: : row -- a noisy commotion or disturbance. 1746, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to, or a shortened form of, "rouse" a carousal or bout of drinking , also spelled "rowse" , a shortened form of carouse... From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).

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From the OED Online: Row, n.2 [A slang or colloquial word, of obscure origin, in common use from c1800. Noted by Todd as 'a very low expression'.]

1. a. A violent disturbance or commotion; a noisy dispute or quarrel. Freq. in phr. to make, or kick up, a row.