a sudden abrupt pull
tugboat, tug, towboat, tower(verb)
a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
"The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
tug, labor, labour, push, drive(verb)
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"
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
tow (a vessel) with a tug
"The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"
lug, tote, tug(verb)
carry with difficulty
"You'll have to lug this suitcase"
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"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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.
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
exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement towards oneself
she hauled the laden basket up the slopeSubmitted by rinat on September 10, 2019
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How to use tug in a sentence?
It's a back and forth tug of war between investors in this trading range.
It was like a tug of war, all were going in different directions.
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.
What may this look like? Ten to 30 minutes of play with a favorite wand toy, special brushing session (if liked by your pet), a walk with your leashed dog, or time spent with a favorite toy playing fetch or tug-of-war.
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.
Translations for tug
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- Ruck, zerren, schleppenGerman
- jalar, tirarSpanish
- raahata, nykäisy, riuhtoa, nykäys, kiskoa, kiskaista, hinata, nykiä, nykäistä, riuhtaistaFinnish
- tirer, remorquer, tirementFrench
- rimorchiare, strattone, tirare, trascinareItalian
- smuci, trageRomanian
- потянуть, потащить, отбуксировать, тащить, буксировать, дёрнуть, рывок, дёргать, тянутьRussian
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