tug of war
Origin of tug of war
Examples from the Web for tug-of-war
Many states are caught up in a tug-of-war between the will of law enforcement and concerned citizens and legislators.On the Home Front, Drones Are Quickly Shot Down by States|Miranda Green|March 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was after one of his nights with Rachel that the tug-of-war over Josh turned deadly.
The Obama team lets Congress take the lead and there, the lobbyists play their game of tug-of-war with the public interest.
In the novel, the tug-of-war over purity is never fully resolved either.
In a tug-of-war, we have to put two men on our end for every one of theirs.Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
The tug-of-war now begins, either class being pitted against the other.A History of Nursery Rhymes|Percy B. Green
It is the anchor in a tug-of-war who does the head work for the team.Frank Merriwell's Return to Yale|Burt L. Standish
Two little boys were enjoying a rare game of tug-of-war with a living rabbit.Furze the Cruel|John Trevena
When all the players have chosen, a tug-of-war ensues between the two sides.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol II of II)|Alice Bertha Gomme
tug of war
A struggle for supremacy, as in There's a constant political tug of war between those who favor giving more power to the states and those who want a strong federal government. Although there is an athletic contest also so named, in which participants holding either end of a rope try to pull each other across a dividing line, the present usage, first recorded in 1677, predates it by about two centuries. The noun tug itself means “a strenuous contest between two sides,” and war refers to fighting, either physical or figurative.