take in tow

Definition of take in tow

of a boat or ship
: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

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

  2. : to seize or capture physically

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

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

tow play
  1. : to draw or pull along behind : haul

  2. : to move in tow

  1. : the act or an instance of towing

  2. : the fact or state of being towed

  3. : something towed (such as a boat or car)

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

  2. : yarn or cloth made of tow

  3. : a loose essentially untwisted strand of synthetic fibers

  1. : rope


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