Associations to the word «Tug»


TUG, verb. (transitive) to pull or drag with great effort
TUG, verb. (transitive) to pull hard repeatedly
TUG, verb. (transitive) to tow by tugboat
TUG, noun. A sudden powerful pull
TUG, noun. (nautical) a tugboat
TUG, noun. (obsolete) A kind of vehicle used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
TUG, noun. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
TUG, noun. (mining) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
TUG, noun. (slang) An act of masturbation
TUG BOAT, noun. Alternative form of tugboat
TUG OF LOVE, noun. (informal) A dispute concerning which of two separated parents should have custody of one or more children.
TUG OF WAR, noun. A game or competition in which two teams pull or tug on opposite ends of a rope trying to force the other team over the line which initially marked the middle between the two teams.
TUG OF WAR, noun. (idiomatic) a dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back and forth dispute.
TUG ONE'S FORELOCK, verb. (intransitive) (Often satirical or contemptuous.) To show deference or obsequious respect.

Dictionary definition

TUG, noun. A sudden abrupt pull.
TUG, noun. A powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships.
TUG, verb. Pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings".
TUG, 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".
TUG, verb. Tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor".
TUG, verb. Carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase".
TUG, verb. Move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud".
TUG, verb. Pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men".
TUG, verb. Struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts".

Wise words

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Mark Twain