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tug

tug

 
pronunciation:
tuhg
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tugged, tugging, tugs
definition 1: to pull at strongly or forcibly.
synonyms:
pull
similar words:
jerk, pluck, twitch, wrench, wrest, yank
definition 2: to move by pulling strongly or forcibly; drag; haul.
synonyms:
drag, haul
similar words:
draw, lug, pull, struggle, tow, wrestle
definition 3: to tow (a larger boat) with a tugboat.
synonyms:
tow
similar words:
drag, trail
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to pull strongly or forcibly.
synonyms:
haul
similar words:
pluck, pull, strain, twitch, wrench, yank
definition 2: to labor, struggle, or strain.
synonyms:
labor, strain, toil
similar words:
contend, strive, struggle, sweat, wrestle
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a strong or vigorous pull or pulling force.
the tug of the fast-moving current
synonyms:
haul, pull
similar words:
attraction, drag, draw, hitch, jerk, pluck, strain, twitch, wrench, yank
definition 2: a struggle or contest between two opposing persons, groups, or forces.
a tug between conscience and greed
synonyms:
contest, struggle
similar words:
battle, fight, tug of war
definition 3: a tugboat.
 
synonyms:
tugboat
definition 4: a rope, strap, chain, or the like, used to tug or haul, esp. a harness trace.
synonyms:
trace
derivation: tugger (n.)