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tug

noun (n)

  • a sudden abrupt pull (noun.act)
    Synonym: jerk
    source: wordnet30
  • a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: towboat, tower, tugboat
    source: wordnet30
  • A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • pull hard (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The prisoner tugged at the chains.
    This movie tugs at the heart strings.
    source: wordnet30
  • strive and make an effort to reach a goal (verb.social)
    Synonym: drive, labor, labour, push
    Example:
    She tugged for years to make a decent living.
    source: wordnet30
  • tow (a vessel) with a tug (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor.
    source: wordnet30
  • carry with difficulty (verb.contact)
    Synonym: lug, tote
    source: wordnet30
  • move by pulling hard (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud.
    source: wordnet30
  • pull or strain hard at (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Each oar was tugged by several men.
    source: wordnet30
  • struggle in opposition (verb.competition)
    Example:
    She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts.
    source: wordnet30
  • To pull or draw with great effort; to draw along with continued exertion; to haul along; to tow; as, to tug a loaded cart; to tug a ship into port. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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