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Synonyms for tug
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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tug

    One object draws another when it moves it toward itself or in the direction of its own motion by the exertion of adequate force, whether slight or powerful. To attract is to exert a force that tends to draw, tho it may produce no actual motion; all objects are attracted toward the earth, tho they may be sustained from falling. To drag is to draw against strong resistance; as, to drag a sled over bare ground, or a carriage up a steep hill. To pull is to exert a drawing force, whether adequate or inadequate; as, the fish pulls on the line; a dentist pulls a tooth. To tug is to draw, or try to draw, a resisting object with a continuous straining motion; as, to tug at the oar. To haul is to draw somewhat slowly a heavy object; as, to haul a seine; to haul logs. One vessel tows another. In the figurative sense, attract is more nearly akin to incline, draw to induce. We are attracted by one's appearance, drawn to his side. Compare ALLURE; ARRAY; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for DRIVE.

    Synonyms:
    allure, attract, drag, draw, entice, haul, incline, induce, lead, lure, pull, tow

    Antonyms:
    alienate, estrange, rebuff, reject, repel, repulse

    Preposition:
    To draw water from or out of the well; draw the boat through the water, to the shore; draw air into the lungs; draw with cords of love; the wagon is drawn by horses, along the road, across the field, over the stones, through the woods, to the barn.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tugverb

    Synonyms:
    pull, drag, haul, draw

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tug, jerknoun

    a sudden abrupt pull

    Synonyms:
    saccade, jerky, jerk, dork, jerking, jerked meat, jolt, towboat, tugboat, tower

  2. tugboat, tug, towboat, towerverb

    a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships

    Synonyms:
    towboat, tower, jerk, column, pillar, tugboat

  3. tugverb

    pull hard

    "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  4. tug, labor, labour, push, driveverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    fight, force back, crowd, lug, get, dig, ram, drudge, moil, press, agitate, advertize, take, repel, aim, drive, promote, travail, crusade, labour, motor, advertise, grind, bear on, repulse, labor, force, ride, push, campaign, tote, push back, toil, beat back

  5. tugverb

    tow (a vessel) with a tug

    "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  6. lug, tote, tugverb

    carry with difficulty

    "You'll have to lug this suitcase"

    Synonyms:
    labour, block, lug, push, stuff, labor, tote, drive, choke up

  7. tugverb

    move by pulling hard

    "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  8. tugverb

    pull or strain hard at

    "Each oar was tugged by several men"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

  9. tugverb

    struggle in opposition

    "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"

    Synonyms:
    labor, lug, tote, push, labour, drive

Editors Contribution

  1. yank

    as to quickly tug, jerk or pull at something attached by a rope or other line held in hand.

    they all grabbed the rope in unison and yanked it quickly & even harder, so as to dislodge it from it's place of mooring.

    Submitted by acronimous on December 8, 2019  
  2. hauling

    exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement towards oneself

    she hauled the laden basket up the slope

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tugverb

    Synonyms:
    pull (with great effort), draw, haul, drag

  2. tugverb

    Synonyms:
    pull hard

  3. tugverb

    Synonyms:
    labor, struggle, strive

  4. tugnoun

    Synonyms:
    hard pull, great effort

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tugnoun

    Synonyms:
    trace, pull, effort

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "tug":

    tugboat, tow, tugs

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How to use tug in a sentence?

  1. Donald Trump:

    I will say that in immigration as well as with anything else, there has to be tug and pull. You have to be able to have some flexibility, i may have said something like that with The New York Times. But I am not going to release something off the record.

  2. Pete Holiday:

    Capitalism needs to function like a game of tug-of-war. Two opposing sides need to continually struggle for dominance, but at no time can either side be permitted to walk away with the rope.

  3. Becky Poole:

    I followed his direction, all the while cursing my inability to really commit, when I looked up, he had walked into the tiny soundproof booth completely naked. He started to gyrate up against me and tug on my jeans.

  4. Andre Bakhos:

    The market is showing a little fatigue... and the question is what's the next theme that's going to push markets higher, it's going to be a tug of war on economic data and the court of investor opinion as to what exactly the Fed does.

  5. Simon Morris:

    You may have to take another 25% to create the right societal engagements and environmental designs, so will investors accept lower returns? I think it's probably causing a bit of head scratching around the industry in this tug-of-war of priorities.


Translations for tug

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Ruck, schleppen, zerrenGerman
  • tirar, jalarSpanish
  • nykäistä, hinata, kiskaista, kiskoa, nykäys, nykiä, riuhtoa, nykäisy, riuhtaista, raahataFinnish
  • tirer, tirement, remorquerFrench
  • strattone, trascinare, tirare, rimorchiareItalian
  • kāhakihakiMāori
  • trage, smuciRomanian
  • буксировать, потянуть, тянуть, потащить, дёргать, рывок, отбуксировать, дёрнуть, тащитьRussian
  • இழுபறிக்குப்Tamil
  • sự kéo mạnhVietnamese

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