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Definition of Tug


  1. 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.
  2. To pull; to pluck.
  3. To pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream.
  4. To labor; to strive; to struggle.
  5. A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort.
  6. A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles.
  7. A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; -- called also steam tug, tugboat, and towboat.
  8. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
  9. An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.

Tug Quotations

I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
Shel Silverstein

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.
Jodie Foster

You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
George S. Patton

Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart.
Bil Keane

Now that I'm on top, everyone wants to bring me down. Everyone's trying to tug at me and take my spot.
Justin Bieber
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Tug Translations

tug in Afrikaans is trek
tug in Dutch is rukken
tug in French is remorqueur, remorquer
tug in German is Zug, zerre, zerren
tug in Italian is trascinare
tug in Portuguese is puxar, rebocador, reboque
tug in Spanish is remolcador, tirar
tug in Swedish is rycka, ryck, bogsera
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