But one can never tell which way politics will tug Mr. Obama.
Children or those acting like them will tug at heart or apron stings.
As he stood at the defense table with a fistful of papers, he gave his baggy red pants a tug to keep them up.
“There is a tug of war between House Republicans who care about 2014 and national Republicans who care about 2016,” he said.
These men and women will no doubt cause a tug a war in time.
Satisfied with this explanation, the admiral ordered the tug which (p. 932) led the column to go ahead.
Representatives of the underwriters came out from Wood's Hole on a tug.
“Good,” and the tug soon after that moved away, and so did the majority of the other boats.
That night the captain of the tug took a trick at the wheel in person.
Before he had gone far the tug steamed towards him with the other barges in tow, apparently bound for Adexe.
c.1500, from tug (v.). Meaning "small steamer used to tow other vessels" is recorded from 1817. Phrase tug of war (1670s) was originally figurative, "the decisive contest, the real struggle."