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
Example sentences from the Web for tug
Motorized tugs pull cargo containers on dollies across the facility, which spans 880 acres, an area larger than New York’s Central Park.
When a worker signaled for the tug operator to pull forward, six workers stood with their backs to the conveyor belts, per the safety protocol.
Even with all her comforts and a constant, tugging ennui, Mei knows the risks that she faces as an ernai.China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages|Brendon Hong|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Throughout, the investigation churns on, tugging us along with it.‘Broadchurch’ Is Great TV for Fans of ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ and ‘Prime Suspect’|Andrew Romano|August 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Those images stayed with her, tugging at her, she says, to go back one day and help.A Fashionista’s India Dream: Indrani Changes the Fate of Forgotten Girls|Abigail Pesta|July 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The brain reigns supreme, tugging the mind along in its wake.'Free Will Debate: Who’s in Charge?' by Michael Gazzaniga (review)|Casey Schwartz|November 19, 2011|DAILY BEAST
There already is lots of pulling and tugging all over the map with little to show for it.
Such a tugging at my heart to be by poor May, alone, so far away.Louisa May Alcott|Louisa May Alcott
Sometimes it seemed as if she were tugging at her moorings, longing to be off on the long, long cruise.Through the South Seas with Jack London|Martin Johnson
When she opened them again they were among trees and fields, while the goaded machine hurled itself forward in tugging leaps.The Salamander|Owen Johnson
It was not a particularly thick one and the stream was tugging frantically at the launch.The Boy Scouts at the Panama Canal|John Henry Goldfrap
The mass poured down the beach, tugging at me in its retreat.The Thing from the Lake|Eleanor M. Ingram