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tug-of-war

tug–of–war

noun \ˌtəg-ə(v)-ˈwr\

: a contest in which two teams pull against each other at opposite ends of a rope

: a struggle between two people or groups to win control or possession of something

plural tugs–of–war

Full Definition of TUG-OF-WAR

1
:  a struggle for supremacy or control usually involving two antagonists
2
:  a contest in which two teams pull against each other at opposite ends of a rope with the object of pulling the middle of the rope over a mark on the ground

First Known Use of TUG-OF-WAR

1677

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