verb (used with object), tugged, tug·ging.
verb (used without object), tugged, tug·ging.
Origin of tug
Synonyms for tug
Examples from the Web for tug
Contemporary Examples of tug
These men and women will no doubt cause a tug a war in time.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
The White House has been mediating the tug of war between the CIA and the committee over the redaction process.You're About to See What Obama Calls 'Torture'
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
August 1, 2014
But since then it has been subject to a tug of war with the CIA.Ex-CIA Top Lawyer: Release the ‘Black Site’ Report
March 14, 2014
After this Euro-Russian tug of war, the sparks ignited in Kiev and Moscow.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 9, 2014
We must win the tug of war for these men, even if the battle is with the United Nations.Italian Pirate-Fighting Marines On Trial
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 14, 2014
Historical Examples of tug
She swayed forward bodily to his tug, and nearly went off the chair.The Secret Agent
And many a tug did this lordly fear cost us both, God knows!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Duncan removed one hand from the pocket the better to tug at his moustache.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Purplish shadows had already begun to dim the tug and dock and ocean.
Do you mean you object to sailing this tug on account of some imaginary thing?
verb tugs, tugging or tugged
Word Origin for tug
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."