verb (used with object), tugged, tug·ging.
verb (used without object), tugged, tug·ging.
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Origin of tug
OTHER WORDS FROM tugtugger, nountugless, adjectiveun·tugged, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for tug
Foundational theories of morality have been locked in a perennial tug of war.The Universe Knows Right from Wrong - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Philip Goff|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
Each star tends to keep the disk aligned with itself, and the tug-of-war warped and sheared the disk, and twisted the inner ring even further.A weirdly warped planet-forming disk circles a distant trio of stars|Lisa Grossman|September 3, 2020|Science News
These men and women will no doubt cause a tug a war in time.
But since then it has been subject to a tug of war with the CIA.Ex-CIA Top Lawyer: Release the ‘Black Site’ Report|Eli Lake|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After this Euro-Russian tug of war, the sparks ignited in Kiev and Moscow.
We must win the tug of war for these men, even if the battle is with the United Nations.
“There is a tug of war between House Republicans who care about 2014 and national Republicans who care about 2016,” he said.Immigration Reform Advocates, Foes to Target House GOP During Recess|Patricia Murphy|August 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He felt a tug at his sleeve and heard the gruff voice of the cabby.The Web of the Golden Spider|Frederick Orin Bartlett
To his great delight he found the plan to answer, for before long he felt a tug, and drew in a good-sized fish.Middy and Ensign|G. Manville Fenn
There's only one tug in port, and she is not in sea-going trim, so we've got a good start of any search party.The Ebbing Of The Tide|Louis Becke
For some minutes there was no sound save the subdued thunder of the hull as it trembled under the tug of the rockets.The Metal Moon|Everett C. Smith
Even in that sheltered harbor, to judge by the faint oscillations of her masts, she felt the tug of the waters around her keel.