take in tow

Definition of take in tow

of a boat or ship

  1. :  to pull (another boat or ship) that is attached by a rope or cable —often used figuratively to mean under another's guidance The tourists were taken in tow by a friendly guide.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  to draw or pull along behind :  haul

    :  to move in tow

  1. :  a rope or chain for towing

    :  the act or an instance of towing

    :  the fact or state of being towed

  1. :  short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing

    :  yarn or cloth made of tow

    :  a loose essentially untwisted strand of synthetic fibers

  1. :  rope

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