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Take in Tow

(To). Take under guidance. A man who takes a lad in tow acts as his guide and director. To tow a ship or barge is to guide and draw it along by tow-lines.

“Too proud for bards to take in tow my name.”

Peter Pindar: Future Laureate, Part ii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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