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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.]

  1. 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.

  2. To pull; to pluck. [Obs.]

    To ease the pain, His tugged cars suffered with a strain.


vb. (en-pasttug)

  1. n. a sudden abrupt pull [syn: jerk]

  2. a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships [syn: tugboat, towboat, tower]

  3. [also: tugging, tugged]

  1. v. pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"

  2. 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]

  3. tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

  4. carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase" [syn: lug, tote]

  5. move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"

  6. pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men"

  7. struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"

  8. [also: tugging, tugged]


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Usage examples of "tugged".

Frontier Bar, saluted his comrade, Tranquilino Jeantete, tugged himself onto a stool, placed the pistol and the box of shells on the bar, and, while Tranquilino watched, he slowly and very carefully loaded the gun.

Awaking at dawn, he immediately tugged on irrigation boots and a sweater and plunged outside to dig worms from the rich damp earth along his irrigation ditch.

Herbie tugged the decolletage of that peasant blouse down over her breasts, which were enormous, unbelievable, like albino watermelons with huge organically grown strawberries in the center--for a second he could only ogle them in gluttonous awe.

Betty Apodaca tugged her cheeks out with her fingers, grimacing and loudly clacking her teeth.

Montoya, with his pants tugged up over his pajamas and his gun shoved backward into his holster, plodded wearily out of the shadows accompanied by Harlan Betchel, who wore a raincoat over his pajamas and carried a 16-gauge shotgun.

As a particularly strong blast tugged the cloak out of his hand, he glanced at his father over the back of the shaggy brown mare.

Rand had only half listened to the conversation, but this last tugged him to speak.

Without looking back he ran, ran from the pursuer whose freezing fingers brushed his back and tugged at his cloak, ran from the light-eating figure with the face that .

Egwene tugged her hood further forward, enough to half hide her face, and they all avoided looking at anyone.

She tugged at the hood of her cloak as if she was afraid her unbound hair showed.

Screaming and kicking, Cloud struggled forward however hard Rand tugged at the reins.

The dogs were mastiffs just like those that had confronted the travelers, but the children tugged at their ears and tails and climbed on their backs, and the massive dogs accepted it all placidly.

Thom tugged at an end of his mustache and seemed to be studying the smooth, dark-brown leather of the flute case on his knees.

Field no one considered him more than an adequate dancer, but these songs tugged at his feet, and he thought he had never danced so long, or so hard, or so well in his life.

He scrubbed his hand through his hair, then tugged the scarf down above his eyes.