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1tug

verb \ˈtəg\

: to pull something with a quick, forceful movement

tuggedtug·ging

Full Definition of TUG

intransitive verb
1
:  to pull hard
2
:  to struggle in opposition :  contend
3
:  to exert oneself laboriously :  labor
transitive verb
1
:  to pull or strain hard at
2
a :  to move by pulling hard :  haul
b :  to carry with difficulty :  lug
3
:  to tow with a tugboat
tug·ger noun
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Examples of TUG

  1. I felt someone tugging on my sleeve.
  2. She tugged the cord until the plug came out of the wall socket.

Origin of TUG

Middle English tuggen; akin to Old English togian to pull — more at tow
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to TUG

Rhymes with TUG

2tug

noun

: an act of pulling on something : a quick pull

: a strong pulling force

Full Definition of TUG

1
a :  3trace 1
b :  a short leather strap or loop
c :  a rope or chain used for pulling
2
a :  an act or instance of tugging :  pull
b :  a strong pulling force
3
a :  a straining effort
b :  a struggle between two people or opposite forces
4
:  tugboat

Examples of TUG

  1. He felt a gentle tug on his sleeve.
  2. <gave the man in front a tug on his shirtsleeve as a sign that he was supposed to step aside>

First Known Use of TUG

15th century

Related to TUG

Synonyms
draw, haul, jerk, pluck, pull, wrench, yank
Antonyms
push

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut
TUG Defined for Kids

1tug

verb \ˈtəg\
tuggedtug·ging

Definition of TUG for Kids

1
:  to pull hard <I tugged at the rope.>
2
:  to move by pulling hard :  drag
3
:  to tow with a tugboat

2tug

noun

Definition of TUG for Kids

1
:  an act of pulling hard :  a hard pull <She gave him a tug.>
2
:  tugboat
3
:  a strong pulling force <the tug of gravity>
4
:  a struggle between two people or forces
Medical Dictionary

tug

Medical Definition of TUG

—see tracheal tug

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