Synonyms and Antonyms of tug-of-war
an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another
- The effort to get their son to keep his room clean is a constant 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
horse race, nail-biter
clash, collision, discord, friction
argument, controversy, debate, disagreement, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), quarrel, row, wrangle