E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Oxford Stroke (in rowing).
A long, deep, high-feathered stroke, excellent in very heavy water. The Cambridge stroke is a clear, fine, deep sweep, with a very low feather, excellent in smooth water. The Cambridge pull is the best for smooth water and a short reach, but the Oxford for a lumpy river and a four-mile course.