to pull at with force, vigor, or effort.
to move by pulling forcibly; drag; haul.
to pull with force or effort: to tug at a stuck drawer.
to strive hard; labor; toil.
- tugger, noun
- tugless, adjective
- un·tugged, adjective
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How to use tug in a sentence
After the light turned green, I gave the bike a few tugs to make sure it was secure.I Tried New York’s Bike-Sharing Program. And I Liked It! | Daniel Gross | May 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Walking the red carpet later that night, a blogger tugs my shoulder and pushes a recorder at me.‘White Collar’ Creator Jeff Eastin: My Biggest Con | Jeff Eastin | July 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wyoming horseman Buck Brannaman tends to give his charges the gentlest of tugs.
Sometimes I see tabloid stuff online and it tugs at my heartstrings.
Sure, Copenhagen was big, unwieldy, and more complicated than most international tugs of words.
The expedition presented a curious sight; it comprised 15 native barges or “cascoes” towed by seven tugs.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The tugs backed clear of her, and lent their shrill voices to the discordant concert.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
Steam-tugs, carrying neither passengers nor freight, are substituted for the steamboat.
Let them sink all our sailing vessels, we will betake ourselves to tugs.The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon | Newell Dwight Hillis
The Prophet waves his arms and tugs at his gown, and lo and behold!The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for tug
(when intr, sometimes foll by at) to pull or drag with sharp or powerful movements: the boy tugged at the door handle
(tr) to tow (a vessel) by means of a tug
(intr) to work; toil
a strong pull or jerk: he gave the rope a tug
Also called: tugboat, towboat a boat with a powerful engine, used for towing barges, ships, etc
a hard struggle or fight
a less common word for trace 2 (def. 1)
- tugger, noun
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