To row up Salt River. A defeated political party is said to be
rowed up Salt River, and those who attempt to uphold the party have the
task of rowing up this ungracious stream. J. Inman says the allusion is
to a small stream in Kentucky, the passage of which is rendered both
difficult and dangerous by shallows, bars, and an extremely tortuous
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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