Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Row, the n.

1. Goldsmith’s Row, London E2.

[UK]Middleton Michaelmas Term III iv: Where grows this pleasant fruit, says one citizen’s wife in the Row.
[UK]Jonson Devil is an Ass III i: But there’s not so much gold in all the Row.

2. Paternoster Row, EC4, the centre of London publishing.

[UK]Character of the Beaux 29: Pray Sir, take my word for’t, there’s not such a Silk again, in the whole Row.
[UK]G. Colman Spleen I i: To be cooped up in the Row, amidst the smell of the printing-house.
[UK]W. Combe Doctor Syntax, Picturesque (1868) 84/2: ’Tis not confined, we all must know, / To vulgar tradesmen in the Row.
[UK]W. Combe Doctor Syntax, Wife (1868) 339/2: Nor did the Doctor fail to go / To the bright region of the Row.
[UK]Hull Packet 25 Nov. 4/1: When I was young I wrote a book and sold it in ‘the Row’.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. 216: Row ‘the Row,’ i.e., Paternoster Row.
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3. (Irish) New Row, Dublin, the site of the prison.

[Ire]Kilmainham Minit in Walsh Ireland Sixty Years Ago (1885) 88: But when dat we come to de Row, / Oh, dere was no meat in de market; / De boy he had travelled afore.

4. Rotten Row, London SW1.

[UK]E. Yates Broken to Harness I 63: As De Blague [...] was leaning over the rails in the Row, Miss Mellon rode up.
[UK]J. Diprose London Life 25: The hire of a horse for a ride in the ‘Row.’.
[US]C. Dickens Jnr Dict. of London 22: Bond Street. Those who would see the lounger of the present day must look for him in the Row.
[UK]Richard Barnard ‘The King of the Strand’ [lyrics] Don’t talk to me of Regent St., of Pall Mall or the ‘Row’ [...] But of the Strand, the dear old Strand.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Mar. 13/3: N.S.W. Lands Minister Tom Hassall [...] fairly ‘paralysed’ Rotten-row for a season in company with his friends, who shone with his reflected light while he ‘witched the Row with noble horsemanship.’.

5. Club Row, London E1.

[UK]M. Williams Round London 25: Three of the largest bird-dealers in ‘the Row’ are teetotalers.

6. (US prison) the condemned cells, i.e. Death Row n.

[US]D. Lamson We Who Are About to Die x: It [i.e. a book] deals with the Row, and with Quentin as seen from the Row.
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 140: Had it not been for a good lawyer, I might be in the Row myself.
[US]E. Bunker No Beast So Fierce 15: Eighty men were waiting on the row.
[US]Jackson & Christian Death Row 156: You find this quite regularly on the Row.

7. (US campus) fraternity or sorority row, i.e. the line of adjacent fraternity or sorority houses on a campus.

[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 190: There are so many parties on the Row tonight.