Green’s Dictionary of Slang

row v.1

[row n.1 ]

1. [late 18C] to rouse up by making a noise.

2. [late 18C–mid-19C] to attack or assail a person in a rough manner.

3. [late 18C+] to make a row or disturbance, to quarrel noisily or heatedly; thus rowing n.

4. [late 18C+] to scold or criticize a person angrily or severely, to take sharply to task; thus rowing n.