tug-of-war

noun \ ˌtəg-ə(v)-ˈwȯr \

Definition of tug-of-war

plural tugs-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


TUG-OF-WAR Defined for English Language Learners

tug-of-war

noun

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

tug-of-war

noun \ ˌtəg-əv-ˈwȯr \

Definition of tug-of-war for Students

plural tugs-of-war
1 : a contest in which two teams pull against each other at opposite ends of a rope
2 : a struggle to win
  • The racers were in a tug-of-war for the championship.


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