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 Tub.Tub-woman (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tub, Tubbing.
Tubs, in rowing slang, are gig pairs of college boat clubs, who practice for the term’s races. They are pulled on one side when a pair-oar boat in uniform makes its appearance. Tubbing is taking out pairs under the supervision of a coach to train men for taking part in the races.   1

 Tub.Tub-woman (A). 

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