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catch a crab

To make a poor stroke while rowing, perhaps by missing the water entirely. The boat jerked as I caught a crab with my oar.
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catch a crab

(in rowing) effect a faulty stroke in which the oar is jammed under water or misses the water altogether.
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catch a crab

To make a faulty stroke in rowing that causes the blade of the oar to strike the water on the recovery stroke.
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