a sudden abrupt pull
tugboat, tug, towboat, tower(verb)
a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
"The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
tug, labor, labour, push, drive(verb)
strive and make an effort to reach a goal
"She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
tow (a vessel) with a tug
"The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"
lug, tote, tug(verb)
carry with difficulty
"You'll have to lug this suitcase"
move by pulling hard
"The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
pull or strain hard at
"Each oar was tugged by several men"
struggle in opposition
"She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
a sudden powerful pull
An act of masturbation
He had a quick tug to calm himself down before his date.
to pull or drag with great effort
The police officers tugged the drunkard out of the pub.
to pull hard repeatedly
He lost his patience trying to undo his shoe-lace, but tugging it made the knot even tighter.
to tow by tugboat
Origin: From tuggen, toggen, from togian, from tugōnan, from dewk-. Cognate with togen, zogen, toga. Related to tee, tow.
to pull or draw with great effort; to draw along with continued exertion; to haul along; to tow; as, to tug a loaded cart; to tug a ship into port
to pull; to pluck
to pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream
to labor; to strive; to struggle
a pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort
a sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles
a small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; -- called also steam tug, tugboat, and towboat
a trace, or drawing strap, of a harness
an iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tug, v.t. to pull with effort: to drag along.—v.i. to pull with great effort: to struggle:—pr.p. tug′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. tugged.—n. a strong pull: a steam-vessel for towing ships: a strong rope.—ns. Tug′-boat, a strongly-built steamship for towing vessels; Tug′ger, one who tugs.—adv. Tug′gingly.—n. Tug′-of-war, a laborious contest: a contest in which opposing teams tug at the end of a rope, in their efforts to pull one another over a line marked on the ground between them. [Closely conn. with tuck and tow (v.).]
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The numerical value of TUG in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of TUG in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's a back and forth tug of war between investors in this trading range.
It's going to be a tug of war on economic data and the court of investor opinion as to what exactly the Fed does.
At a certain point a tug boat came up and flanked the fish boat and some Libyans came on board, they were armed. And at that point chaos erupted.
This tug was in the back of the line when it sank, the other tugs continued without seeing them. They heard the distress call and headed back to assist in the search.
Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to continually struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- Ruck, zerren, schleppenGerman
- jalar, tirarSpanish
- raahata, nykäisy, riuhtoa, nykäys, kiskoa, kiskaista, hinata, nykiä, nykäistä, riuhtaistaFinnish
- tirer, remorquer, tirementFrench
- rimorchiare, strattone, tirare, trascinareItalian
- smuci, trageRomanian
- потянуть, потащить, отбуксировать, тащить, буксировать, дёрнуть, рывок, дёргать, тянутьRussian
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