Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tug \Tug\, v. i.
To pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream.
He tugged, he shook, till down they came.
To labor; to strive; to struggle.
England now is left To tug and scamble and to part by the teeth The unowed interest of proud-swelling state.
Tug \Tug\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tugged; p. pr. & vb. n. Tugging.] [OE. toggen; akin to OD. tocken to entice, G. zucken to jerk, draw, Icel. toga to draw, AS. t['e]on, p. p. togen, to draw, G. ziehen, OHG. ziohan, Goth. tiuhan, L. ducere to lead, draw. Cf. Duke, Team, Tie, v. t., Touch, Tow, v. t., Tuck to press in, Toy a plaything.]
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.
There sweat, there strain, tug the laborious oar.
To pull; to pluck. [Obs.]
To ease the pain, His tugged cars suffered with a strain.
Tug \Tug\, n.
A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort.
At the tug he falls, Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls.
A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles. [Prov. Eng.]
A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
(Mining.) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed.
Tug iron, an iron hook or button to which a tug or trace may be attached, as on the shaft of a wagon.
v. pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis" [syn: labor, labour, push, drive]
tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"
move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men"
struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
A tug or tugboat is a boat that maneuvers vessels by pushing or towing them.
Tug or TUG may also refer to:
TuğSee Tugh for the Turkic horse-tail standard.
Tuğ ( Togh and Tog) is a village in the Khojavend Rayon of Azerbaijan and Hadrut Province of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Tug is a 2010 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Abram Makowka. Shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival & the Waterfront Film Festival.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, from weak grade of Old English teohan "to pull, drag," from Proto-Germanic *teuhan "to pull" (cognates: Old High German zucchen "to pull, jerk," German zücken "to draw quickly), from PIE root *deuk- "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related to tow (v.). Related: Tugged; tugging.
mid-14c., in reference to some part of a harness;" c.1500 as "act of pulling or dragging," from tug (v.). Meaning "small, powerful vessel for towing other vessels" is recorded from 1817. Phrase tug of war (1670s) was originally figurative, "the decisive contest, the real struggle," from the noun in the sense "supreme effort, strenuous contest of forces" (1650s). As an actual athletic event, from 1876.
n. a sudden powerful pull vb. 1 (context transitive English) to pull or drag with great effort 2 (context transitive English) to pull hard repeatedly 3 (context transitive English) to tow by tugboat
Usage examples of "tug".
She was not surprised by the evasion, but she gave his chest hair an admonitory little tug anyway.
Maria tugged her skirt into place, and she walked out, down the shining slate steps, through the white of daisies and the sharp agapanthus leaves that both caught the fading moon.
She muttered to herself about titanium twits and agoraphobic asses as she prepared to leave the tug.
Broken stone and iron gashed her bare feet as she plunged into the black arch of the gate, but the pain was swallowed in icy fear as thin, aimless winds tugged at heras she sensed, rather than saw, something move in the utter blackness over her head.
Tugging his hood back into place, Alec let out a low whistle of admiration.
I tugged out the flechette pistol Alem had given me and clicked off its safety.
After some tugging, he extracted a curved grey ancipital horn, which had punctured the spleen and sunk deep into the body.
As he turned his gaze back to traffic, Arra tugged at a plastic fold in her lap.
The sardonic cleric seated beside Rosvita, who kept making sarcastic asides, brushed at his shoulder when Liath tugged at his robes, as though brushing at a fly.
He heaves his booty, tugs askew his peaked cap and hobbles off mutely.
But Ava felt that old tug of sorrow for the hapless knight and smiled.
Exterminator whined and tugged on the leash, begging to visit Cole--who studiously averted his gaze.
Painfully tentative tugs at its contractile strands brought the dense, dark axial bar safely down into the pit.
Ned yelled as he tugged the pin from his last black banger, lifted the hatch, dropped it down and shut the hatch again.
He sat back watching the hugging and rejoicing, then slowly turned to leave, he felt a tugging on his ear and chuckled, Bitsy fluttered around his head and giggling kissed him on the cheek.