tug

Definitions

  • puppies tugging towel
    puppies tugging towel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tug struggle in opposition "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
    • v tug pull hard "The prisoner tugged at the chains","This movie tugs at the heart strings"
    • v tug pull or strain hard at "Each oar was tugged by several men"
    • v tug move by pulling hard "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
    • v tug carry with difficulty "You'll have to lug this suitcase"
    • v tug tow (a vessel) with a tug "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"
    • v tug 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"
    • n tug a sudden abrupt pull
    • n tug a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920
    • Tug A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort. "At the tug he falls,
      Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls."
    • Tug (Naut) A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; -- called also steam tug tugboat, and towboat.
    • Tug A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
    • Tug A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
    • Tug (Mining) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
    • Tug To labor; to strive; to struggle. "England now is left
      To tug and scamble and to part by the teeth
      The unowed interest of proud-swelling state."
    • Tug 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. "There sweat, there strain, tug the laborious oar."
    • Tug To pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream. "He tugged , he shook, till down they came."
    • Tug To pull; to pluck. "To ease the pain,
      His tugged cars suffered with a strain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tug of war was an Olympic event from 1900-1920
    • tug To pull or draw with sturdy effort or violent strain; haul with force; pull.
    • tug To tow by means of a steam-tug: as, the vessel had to be tugged into port.
    • tug To pull with great effort; haul; drag.
    • tug To exert one's self; labor; strive; struggle; contend; wrestle.
    • n tug The act of pulling, dragging, or hauling with effort, exertion, or difficulty.
    • n tug A supreme effort; the severest strain or struggle; a contest; wrestle; tussle.
    • n tug A vehicle used in some parts of England for conveying timber or fagots.
    • n tug A small but powerful steam-vessel, whether screw or paddle, constructed for the purpose of towing other vessels.
    • n tug A chain, strong rope, or leather strap used as a trace; a trace (of a harness).
    • n tug In mining, an iron hoop to which a tackle is affixed.
    • n tug An athletic contest in which a number of persons, generally four on each side and limited to a certain weight, tug at the ends of a rope, each side trying to pull the rope from the other, or to pull the other side over a line marked on the ground between the contestants. Also called ropepull.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Tug tug to pull with effort: to drag along
    • v.i Tug to pull with great effort: to struggle:—pr.p. tug′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. tugged
    • n Tug a strong pull: a steam-vessel for towing ships: a strong rope
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Quotations

  • Max Gunther
    Max Gunther
    “If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.”
  • George S. Patton
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    “You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.”
  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.”

Idioms

Tug at the heartstrings - f something tugs at the heartstrings, it makes you feel sad or sympathetic towards it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. toggen,; akin to OD. tocken, to entice, G. zucken, to jerk, draw, Icel. toga, to draw, AS. téon, p. p. togen, to draw, G. ziehen, OHG. ziohan, Goth. tiuhan, L. ducere, to lead, draw. Cf. Duke Team Tie (v. t.) Touch Tow (v. t.) Tuck to press in, Toy a plaything

Usage

In literature:

He tugged and tugged away frantically.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Weary men tugged at the oar, knights and nobles taking their places among them.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Suddenly there was a tug at the leash.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
He tugged and tugged.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
He tugged and he tugged but it was no good, and the ox dragged him gradually off, goodness knows where.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
At a signal a tug of war begins, each player trying to pull his opponent across the line.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
But her indifference defied him and the thirst tugged at his throat.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
As they got out of the carriage a black man hopped ashore from the tug and made for their baggage.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
He tugged his moustache and said "Imphm" many times.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
She is tugged and blown by her umbrella, and at every puff of wind she goes up on tiptoe.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
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In poetry:

Wi' that the doggie barked aloud,
And up and doon he ran,
And tugged and strained his chain o' gowd,
All for to bite the man.
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
With both her hands she tugs away,
While scolding at me kind o' spiteful;
You'll not believe me when I say
I find the torture quite delightful!
"Beard And Baby" by Eugene Field
Puppets, loosed from the strings of the puppetmaster
Wear masks of horn to bed.
This is not death, it is something safer.
The wingy myths won't tug at us anymore:
"Flute Notes From A Reedy Pond" by Sylvia Plath
Had I an answer from a dear one's lips,
My love of life would soon regain its power;
And suckle my sweet dreams, that tug my heart,
And whimper to be nourished every hour.
"Love And The Muse" by William H Davies
She can look across to the old Victory yonder
From her moorings where she rides,
She can feel the sun an' the rain, the wind an' the weather,
An' the tug o' the double tides.
"The Survivor" by Cicely Fox Smith
Watching, we hear the mad gusts tugging on the wire.
Like twitching agonies of men among its brambles.
Northward incessantly, the flickering gunnery rumbles,
Far off, like a dull rumour of some other war.
What are we doing here?
"Exposure" by Wilfred Owen

In news:

Over four decades ago, Hans J Hvide and three partners formed Port Everglades Towing Company, the predecessor company of Hvide Marine, started with two harbor tugs.
Wind gusts tug frigate from its mooring at Navy base .
Don't tug on Superman's cape, singer Jim Croce warned us.
A tug of war is taking shape over the future outlook for Gap Stores (GPS) between investors.
Military voters can be rope in political tugs-of-war.
Military voters can be rope in political tugs-of-war There's fresh data to indicate far fewer military personnel and dependents are using absentee ballots to vote this year than did in 2008.
Tom Philpott's Military Update: Military voters can be rope in political tugs-of-war.
The popular Spud Tug featured six kids' teams and 15 adult teams.
I didn't tug it, I just stroked it and said it was awesome and he laid into me.
These are just two of the four black lab pit bull puppies that give kisses freely, like to play tug of war with anything that moves and wrestle with each other.
Damen Shipyards Group will supply Acta Marine with four Shoalbuster anchor handling tugs.
It's called the Hot Tug, and I need one.
Body found by tug in Mississippi River identified .
Introducing the 'Hot Tug': This May Be the Most Brilliant Invention Ever.
Try blending the two together in what has quickly taken off online today as the coolest thing ever: The Hot Tug.
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In science:

The ‘tug of war’ between the Great Attractor and the Perseus-Pisces is clearly evident.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
Our dipole estimates are dominated by the tug of war between the Great Attractor and the Perseus-Pisces superclusters and seemingly converge by 6000 km s−1 .
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
Wilson, Tug-of-war and the infinity Laplacian (2006, preprint).
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
The complementary cooperation rule prevails not only in economy, team sports (not including tug of war), but also in many other fields of the soci ety.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
We know from the microwave background dipole anisotropy that we are being tugged at 600 km/s toward a location in the sky uncomfortably close to the Galactic plane.
Conference Summary: Mapping the Hidden Universe
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