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  Definition of tug
  1. a sudden abrupt pull
  2. a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
  3. struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
  4. pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
  5. pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men"
  6. move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
  7. carry with difficulty; "You''ll have to lug this suitcase"
  8. tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"
  9. 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"
Similar Words: jerk, tugboat, towboat, tower, lug, tote, labor, labour, push, drive

 

See Also: press on, push on, plough on

 

Hyponyms: strive, reach, strain

 

Grouped Verbs: push, bear on

 

Derivational Morphology: jerk, twitch, yank, tow, puller, tugger, dragger, carrier, bearer, toter, carryall, holdall, tote, tote bag, baggage, luggage, tugboat, towboat, tower, campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort, energy, push, get-up-and-go, labor, labour, toil, undertaking, project, task, laborer, manual laborer, labourer, jack

 

Anagrams: gut

 

 
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