tug–of–war

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noun \ˌtəg-ə(v)-ˈwȯr\

Definition of tug–of–war

plural

tugs–of–war

  1. 1 :  a struggle for supremacy or control usually involving two antagonists

  2. 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

1677

First Known Use of tug–of–war

1677


TUG–OF–WAR Defined for English Language Learners

tug–of–war

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noun \ˌtəg-ə(v)-ˈwȯr\

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

play
noun \ˌtəg-əv-ˈwȯr\

Definition of tug–of–war for Students

plural

tugs–of–war

  1. 1 :  a contest in which two teams pull against each other at opposite ends of a rope

  2. 2 :  a struggle to win <The racers were in a tug-of-war for the championship.>


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