First Known Use of tug-of-war
ball game, battle, combat, competition, conflict, confrontation, contention, contest, dogfight, duel, face-off, grapple, match, rivalry, strife, struggle, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake), war, warfare;
TUG-OF-WAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tug-of-war for English Language Learners
: 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
TUG-OF-WAR Defined for Kids
Definition of tug-of-war for Students
- The racers were in a tug-of-war for the championship.
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